Sexual Assault

A Few Updates RE: STDs

A few new updates re: STDs (since April is STD Awareness Month, in addition to Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Months)

There’s new surveillance data out from the CDC on extragenital chlamydia and gonorrhea infections in men who have sex with men, and it’s certainly relevant to sexual assault practice, so if you haven’t read the report, you can find it here. The study’s limited in that it only includes samples from 5 cities (and it’s critical you know what the incidence and prevalence rates are in your own service area), but it’s a good reminder that we need to consider more than just potential genital infection.

Not so coincidentally, I noticed IAFN posted this report to their social media pages today–apparently once again we can blame it on the hive mind. I haven’t had the opportunity to read it yet, but I’m about to get on a plane, and nothing says leave me alone like a report with the words syphilis and gonorrhea in the title 🙂


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