“Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America,” is a federal initiative aimed at reducing new HIV infections in the United States by at least 90% by 2030. This is possible in part because of PrEP, preexposure prophylaxis, also known as preexposure prevention with medications. These medications can reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% and the risk of getting HIV from injection drug use by at least 74%.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been increasing drastically over the past few years. Since 2014, the number of chlamydia cases has increased by 19%, gonorrhea cases by 63%, primary and secondary syphilis cases by 71%, and congenital syphilis cases by a whopping 185%. Certain groups are being more severely affected than others. The CDC explains why this is, and discusses how to decrease the rates of these STIs.
Although January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, knowing how to prevent cervical cancer is important all year long. It’s especially important now, when the national rate of cervical cancer is going down, but certain socioeconomic groups are seeing more cases than ever. Learn how this disparity is caused and how you and your patients can prevent cervical cancer.