doxyPEP: A Pill After Sex Could Help Slow STIs Among Gay Men

  • doxyPEP: A Pill After Sex Could Help Slow STIs Among Gay Men

    Posted by metta on August 15, 2023 at 12:36 am

    doxyPEP: A Pill After Sex Could Help Slow STIs Among Gay Men

    A low dose of an antibiotic could decrease some STIs affecting gay and bisexual men and trans women.

    As rates of sexually transmitted infections continue to skyrocket across the United States, a growing number of physicians are prescribing a commonly used antibiotic as a way to prevent chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis infections in gay and bisexual men and transgender women.

    Doxycycline is a class of medications traditionally used to treat bacterial STIs after someone has been infected. Yet recent research suggests that one 200mg dose of the drug can be effective in preventing such infections among men who have sex with men if taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex.

    This approach, called doxyPEP, has garnered so much attention that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to post draft guidance for public comment in the next several weeks on how health care workers may deploy the preventative treatment, such as how many pills should go into a prescription or which people could benefit most from the drug.”

    I’m not familiar with this, but I’m a little concerned that it is an antibiotic. Antibiotics are over prescribed and what they are used against can become more tolerant of antibiotics, making them less effective, especially when they are misused. I don’t know if this is possible with this particular drug, but I hope they are looking into this.

    outdoorsguy replied 6 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • fideloregon

    August 18, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    My doctor just got me this. Doxycycline mono 100mg. Take two within 72 hour of unprotected sexual activity for STI. He said it does not work against Syphilis.

  • fideloregon

    August 18, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    I think that since it is not taken every day there is less of the risks you stated. I’m glad my doctors have been carefull about antibiotics

  • outdoorsguy

    August 18, 2023 at 4:52 pm

    Overuse of antibiotics is always a concern.

    However I always keep have Doxycycline around in case of a deer tick bite.

    Doxycycline is often used if infected from deer tick ; treatment for Lyme disease.

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