STDs Among Gay Men in a New Era of PrEP

June 16, 2016

In tandem with (and prior to) the approval and uptake of PrEP, rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been increasing among men who have sex with men in San Francisco. What's going on -- and what can we do about the rising rates of STIs?

Slide: Stephanie Cohen, M.D., M.P.H.

Slide: Stephanie Cohen, M.D., M.P.H.

These are questions capturing the attention of infectious disease physicians, public health experts and the community at large -- and a topic discussed by the medical director of City Clinic in San Francisco at a recent San Francisco General Hospital HIV Grand Rounds presentation. Here's what we learned from Stephanie Cohen, M.D., M.P.H. about the relationship between STIs and PrEP.

Sharp Increases in STI Cases in San Francisco

In what Cohen described as a "pretty fascinating epidemiological divide," beginning in 2008, the number of HIV cases in San Francisco began to decline while the number of syphilis and gonorrhea cases started to increase sharply.

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