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In early June, the first case of monkeypox (now known as MPX) was identified in San Francisco, and as of November 2, 2022, a total of 833 cases have been identified in SF. There has been a notable decline in MPX case counts, and now over 27,000 San Franciscans have been vaccinated against MPX. In response, the SFDPH ended the public health emergency on MPX on October 31, 2022.
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In early June, the first case of monkeypox (now known as MPX) was identified in San Francisco, and as of October 12, 2022, a total of 824 cases have been identified in SF. There has been a notable decline in MPX case counts over the past month, mirroring state and national trends. Declines in cases are likely attributed to SF’s efforts to prioritize equitable vaccine distribution and make vaccine available to anyone at risk for MPX, with > 27,000 doses administered. Check out the new SF MPX dashboard, which shows new and cumulative cases, case demographics, and vaccine data.
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In early June, the first case of MPX was identified in San Francisco, and as of June 22, 2022, a total of ten cases have been identified among SF residents. The current MPX outbreak is predominantly occurring among men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans people who have sex with men. This is believed to be related to transmission via close and/or intimate contacts within sexual and social networks. MPX symptoms can mimic symptoms of common STIs including syphilis and herpes.
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  BAY AREA HEALTH OFFICIALS URGE AWARENESS ABOUT MPX AS SUMMER TRAVEL AND GATHERINGS BEGIN: San Francisco, CA - As the summer season begins with increased travel and major events and gatherings, Bay Area Health Officials urge people to protect themselves against the MPX virus, which spreads through prolonged skin-to-skin contact and bodily fluids, such as through crowded settings or sexual contact.
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Syphilis among people who are or could become pregnant is of particular concern as it poses a risk for congenital syphilis. Congenital syphilis can lead to significant morbidity and mortality including stillbirth and neonatal death. There was a staggering 224% increase in cases of syphilis among cis-females from 2017 to 2021, with two cases of congenital syphilis reported in 2021, and two congenital cases to date in 2022. The SFDPH recommends screening according to citywide STI guidelines and ensuring treatment of patients and partners. The San Francisco Monthly STI Report (sfdph.org) for March is now available for viewing here

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Resources for STD Awareness Week: April 10-16, 2022. San Francisco has a dedicated sexual health website at SFCityClinic.org with content geared for both patients and providers, including content for provider training needs, guidelines and important updates & alerts. which was shared in our April 11th 2022 post
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The San Francisco Monthly STI Report (sfdph.org) for November is now available for viewing here

April 10 – 16, 2022 is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Week This annual observance is an opportunity to bring a focus to STD prevention during a continued global pandemic when individuals may access fewer sexual and other health care services. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and congenital syphilis are increasing in all regions of California and continue to be an important public health concern. This is a great time to open up discussions with your patients and clients about their sexual health and equip them with the knowledge and tools to prevent, test for, and treat STDs. Let’s work together to ensure all communities understand the local STD testing and treatment resources that are available and how to access them. Please see the following resources and consider incorporating local STD Awareness Week messaging in your announcements to patients and clients.

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First long-acting, injectable option for PrEP is now FDA approved!

The San Francisco Monthly STI Report (sfdph.org) Monthly reports can be found by visiting https://www.sfdph.org/dph/files/reports/ and scrolling midway down the page. 

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We are excited to announce an upcoming two-day event Northern CA: Assisting Partner Services Symposium, hosted by the CA Prevention Training Center, the Pacific AIDS Education & Training Center, and the CA State Office of AIDS. See flyer attached.
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The Region 9 Prevention Through Active Community Engagement (PACE) Program and The National Hispanic Medical Association Phoenix Chapter has partnered with Maricopa County Medical Society, Maricopa County Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services to present a webinar focusing on resources for providers on HIV prevention, testing and referrals for individual most at risk for HIV.