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A new website, gocheckit.net, is specifically designed for young black men to promote sexual health and STI screening. (Image from gocheckit.net)

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Tulane researchers launch sexual health website for young black men

A collaboration between the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and YEP Design Works, led to creation of the Check It website www.gocheckit.net, which is specifically designed for young black men to promote sexual health and screening for STIs, including chlamydia. Check It partners with local barbershops, colleges/universities, and other non-clinical venues to reach 15-24 year old African American men who have sex with women, are new to testing and do not have symptoms. Keep reading >>

Treatment for common STD doesn’t work for some women, study finds

A new study led by an infectious disease epidemiologist at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine could change the way doctors treat a common sexually transmitted disease. Professor Patricia Kissinger and a team of researchers found the recommended single dose of medication isn’t enough to eliminate trichomoniasis, the most common curable STD, which can cause serious birth complications and make people more susceptible to HIV. Results of the research are published in Lancet Infectious Diseases. Keep reading >>

Study shows blood test can differentiate between Zika and dengue

A new study from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine shows that, depending on the interpretation criteria, serological tests can distinguish recent Zika infections in areas where dengue is endemic. The study was published online in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The body’s immune responses to the Zika and dengue viruses are so similar that it is very difficult to differentiate a recent Zika infection from a historical dengue infection. The study offers evidence that Plaque Reduction Neutralization Tests (PRNT), the historical gold standard for serological diagnosis of a viral infection, can differentiate between Zika and dengue infections if the appropriate interpretation criteria are used, according to Matthew Ward, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Tropical Medicine and first author on the paper. Dr. Pierre Buekens, outgoing dean and W.H. Watkins professor of epidemiology, and Dawn Wesson, professor of tropical medicine, were coauthors along with several collaborators in Honduras and Argentina. Keep reading>>