HEALTH 06/12/2018 03:10 pm ET But new efforts to educate at-risk women about a drug that helps protect against HIV could change that. By Carolina Moreno Nationally, the United States is experiencing a continued overall decline in the number of new HIV diagnoses. But in some major cities, women’s HIV rates have not been declining as quickly as men’s in recent years. Although men who have sex with other men are still most susceptible to HIV in the U.S., women nonetheless made up 19 percent of new diagnoses in 2016. Black women specifically are disproportionately affected by HIV, accounting for 61 percent of women living with the disease and 19 percent of new diagnoses, while making up only about 7 percent of the population. Despite all this, public health and education efforts to reduce new HIV diagnoses have not typically targeted women. “Our epidemic historically, and still contemporarily, has mostly been defined as one focused on gay men because … [Read more...] about As HIV Rates Decline, A Surprising Population Is Seeing A Rise In Diagnoses In Major Cities
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A Trump administration effort to shift family planning funding toward groups that may not provide comprehensive services and away from organizations that provide abortions could cripple other federal efforts to curb an explosion in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), some public health officials fear. “This is the perfect storm, and it comes at absolutely the worst time,” said Daniel Daltry, program chief of the HIV/AIDS, STD and Viral Hepatitis Program at the Vermont Department of Health. In 2016, there were more than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was the highest number of reported cases ever. Now the Department of Health and Human Services has proposed changes to the rules for the federal family planning services program, known as Title X. Daltry and other public health officials fear the changes will make testing and treatment for STDs harder to get. The new rules, if adopted … [Read more...] about The ‘Perfect Storm’: Redirecting Family Planning Funds Could Undercut STD Fight
Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis rates are at an all-time high in California, spiking by almost 45 percent over the past five yearsSTI rates have steadily increased throughout the country.While people often blame dating apps for the rise in STIs, public health experts say this is far from the driving factor Advertisement - Continue Reading Below As if dating weren’t hard enough, singles in California have one more thing to worry about: the rise of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). According to the California Department of Health, more than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis were reported in the state in 2017 alone. Overall, the transmission rate of these three STIs has spiked by a staggering 45 percent over the past five years. But the rise of STIs isn’t just a concern in the Golden State. Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that STIs are rising everywhere. From 2015 to 2016 alone, gonorrhea rates in men increased … [Read more...] about Why STDs Like Gonorrhea and Syphilis Are on the Rise
Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Azithromycin tablets. Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images Azithromycin tablets. Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images Every day, 15,000 children five years old or younger die of preventable conditions diarrhea and pneumonia. In 2016, that number added up to 5.6 million children, most of them in the developing world, according to the World Health Organization. What if a simple intervention could save tens of thousands of those children? Seems like a no-brainer — unless the method used to save them puts tens of thousands of others at risk in the future. That's the dilemma presented by a paper published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers enrolled 190,238 healthy children and, over a period of two years, gave half of them four doses of the antibiotic azithromycin and half of them a placebo. The … [Read more...] about Giving Antibiotics To Healthy Kids In Poor Countries: Good Idea Or Bad Idea?
1. Background The health sector has often been considered an entry point for overall development of the country. Nepal is one of the 189 countries committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), universal health coverage and more recently Social Development Goal (SDG). In order to fulfill the goals of SDGs, the impetus created by the Nepal Health Sector Strategy 2015-2020. More importantly, constitution of Nepal has enshrined health as fundamental rights of Nepali people and mandated the provision free basic health care services. This has rightly acknowledged the importance of health sector which demands the production and deployment of quality health service providers in the country. Progress in the health sector over the last decade has been impressive with most key health (and nutrition) indicators showing improvements. Life expectancy at birth in Nepal is rising and is now higher than most other neighboring countries at 67 (Asia-Pacific HDR, 2012), infant mortality has … [Read more...] about Syllabus for Public Health Licensing Examination 2073 – Nepal Health Professional Council