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In early June, the first case of monkeypox was identified in San Francisco, and as of June 22, 2022, a total of ten cases have been identified among SF residents. The current monkeypox 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. Monkeypox symptoms can mimic symptoms of common STIs including syphilis and herpes.
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  BAY AREA HEALTH OFFICIALS URGE AWARENESS ABOUT MONKEYPOX 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 monkeypox 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.
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UCLA’s Hub for Health Intervention for Policy and Practice (HHIPP) believes communities hold the power to shape their well-being. Their NIH-funded uTECH study seeks to benefit the health of queer cismen, transmen, and nonbinary individuals (assigned male at birth) through technology. To refer potentially eligible participants and for more information on the study as well as the link to the eligibility screener can be found at http://www.utechstudy.com/.

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The San Francisco Monthly STI Report (sfdph.org) for November is now available for viewing here.  

On July 22nd the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Treatment Guidelines, 2021. These updated guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of STIs. Provider resources include a downloadable wall chart and pocket guide.  A new mobile app is coming soon