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Method developed to culture bacteria that causes syphilis
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:22:31 +0800 | Health News -
Researchers have developed a method to culture the elusive bacteria that causes syphilis. (Source: Health News -

Digital health news briefs: STD testing at home, VR distraction therapy
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:41:42 +0800 | mobihealthnews
Finding time to get tested. Patients may now be able to address sexual healthcare issues through video conferencing. KnowNow Health has just launched a new website called The platform offers online lab testing for STDs including HIV, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B. The platform will also be able to offer care for women health conditions including urinary tract infections, bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections. (Source: mobihealthnews)

Medical News Today: What to know about RPR testing for syphilis
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0800 | Health News from Medical News Today
The rapid plasma reagin test is a simple blood test that screens for syphilis. Doctors recommend the RPR test when they suspect that a person may have a syphilis infection. Positive results can indicate an infection, but the time course of the infection and other infections can influence the results. Learn more. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

First ancient syphilis genomes decoded
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0800 | EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases
(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) An international research team has recovered the first historic genomes from the bacterium Treponema pallidum, which causes syphilis. It was previously not thought possible to recover DNA of this bacterium from ancient samples. In the study, published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, the researchers were able to distinguish genetically between the subspecies of the disease that cause syphilis and that cause yaws, which are not readily distinguishable in skeletal remains. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Ancient Treponema pallidum from human remains sheds light on its evolutionary history
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0800 | EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases
(PLOS) The evolutionary history and origin of syphilis, and other treponemal diseases, is a hotly debated topic by scholars. Scholars who theorize syphilis originated in the 'New World' and preceded the 15th century have been in fierce debate with scholars who theorize a multiregional origin followed by the 15th century pandemic spread. Both sides are supported by organic evidence found in contemporary genetic and skeletal remains across the globe. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Rapid Syphilis Testing: Four Local Health Department Experiences with Implementation
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:58:08 +0800 |
June 19, 2018 4:00-5:00pm ET. (Source:

Protein discovery raises hope for syphilis vaccine
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 02:15:50 +0800 | Health News -
Scientists have identified a protein on the outside of the bacteria that causes syphilis and shows promise in early research as a potential vaccine against it. (Source: Health News -

Finally, hope for a syphilis vaccine
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0800 | EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases
(University of Connecticut) Despite efforts to eradicate it, syphilis is on the rise. It is the second leading cause of stillbirth and miscarriage worldwide, and if left untreated it can cause strokes, dementia, and other neurological disease. Until now, most health agencies focused on treating infected people and their sex partners -- but new discoveries may make a vaccine possible, UConn Health researchers report in the June 12 issue of mBio. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

STIs: Why is syphilis is on the rise?
Sun, 10 Jun 2018 07:01:08 +0800 | BBC News | Health | UK Edition
More cases of the infection were diagnosed in England last year than at any point since WW2. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

Sexually transmitted infections and screening for chlamydia in England, 2017
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 19:14:14 +0800 | Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH)
This report details a spike in cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea in 2017 in England. There was a 20% rise in syphilis cases, and a 22% rise in gonorrhoea cases. The overall rates of sexually transmitted infections remained stable in 2016-17. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

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TORCH infections
Vertically Transmitted Infections

Sexual risk (of HIV/STD/pregnancy), and what you can do before and after exposure.

Timeline HIV STD Pregnancy
Before exposure
Abstain from sex, Be faithful, or Condom use
Circumcision (males only)
(females only)
HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)
– Stop HIV infection before exposure
STD vaccine:
Hepatitis vaccine
HPV vaccine
STD / HIV exposure
Unsafe sex / unprotected sex:
No condom / Condom broke / Condom slip
0-72 hours HIV PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis)
– Stop HIV infection after exposure
STD testing *
Screening test
– to look for asymptomatic infections
– from previous exposures
Emergency contraception
with the
morning-after pill
(females only)
2 weeks HIV DNA Test
1 month HIV 4th Generation Test
SD Bioline HIV Ag/Ab Combo
– Fingerprick blood sampling.
20 minutes to results
3 months HIV 3rd Generation Test
OraQuick® HIV-1/2 Antibody
– Oral fluid or
– Fingerprick blood sampling.
20 minutes to results
STD testing *
– Full & comprehensive
diagnostic test
– to look for current infections
Watch for HIV Symptoms STD Symptoms
If infected HIV Treatment STD Treatment Abortion

* Males: Do not urinate for at least 4 hours before arriving.
* Females: testing is more accurate when you are not menstruating.

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