VIDEO: Presentation highlights ‘current epidemic’ of syphilis among patients with HIV, importance of screening for STIs
In this video, Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, discusses her presentation at ASM Microbe on sexually transmitted infections, which focused, in part, on the “current epidemic” of these infections among patients with HIV.
Marrazzo highlights several “noteworthy trends” regarding STIs among patients with HIV, including “really explosive numbers of syphilis cases.” New variations of syphilis have been observed, in addition to more traditional presentations of the illness, according to Marrazzo.
She reviews the importance of screening for syphilis among men who have sex with men who are HIV-positive, as well as considerations for STI screening among women. In addition to annual screening for syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, clinicians should consider trichomoniasis in women with HIV, “given that it is one of the most common causes of vaginal infections in that population.”