What is DoxyPEP and should more queer men use it to protect their health?

  • What is DoxyPEP and should more queer men use it to protect their health?

    Posted by metta on February 24, 2023 at 5:10 pm

    What is DoxyPEP and should more queer men use it to protect their health?

    DoxyPEP is short for Doxycycline Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. It means taking the antibiotic doxycycline <em style=”background-color: var(–bb-content-background-color); font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; color: var(–bb-body-text-color);”>after a sexual encounter to minimize the chances of acquiring an STI such as gonorrhea or syphilis. Doctors are exploring it as one way to tackle the soaring STI rates in the US.

    A study last year found that when used within three days after unprotected sex, doxycycline reduces STIs by more than 60% in gay men.

    The latest study took place in France and involved 500 gay and bisexual men. It found doxycycline lowered the rates of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis by 51% to 89% when taken within 72 hours of sex.”

    “On the flip side, scientists have been warning for decades not to overprescribe antibiotics. They fear it might lead to the development of antibiotic superbugs. This makes the use of DoxyPEP controversial. Many experts remain undecided on the issue.”

    https://www.queerty.com/doxypep-queer-men-use-protect-health-20230223

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