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UNITED STATES: Rapid Access to Antibiotics Stops Sexually-Transmitted Diseases


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Gonorrhea and chlamydia are two common STDs passed back and forth between partners and potentially to others unless individuals are treated with antibiotics. However, a Johns Hopkins University team tested infected partners and found that when they received immediate access to antibiotics directly at the pharmacy, the rate of re-infection was 68 percent less for gonorrhea and 18 percent less for chlamydia. Most states currently require that individuals have a medical examination before receiving antibiotics. Those who are infected then are supposed to inform their partners and have them see a healthcare provider. In many cases this is not happening, perhaps leading to the high rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia currently being seen.


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