Record number of STDs, COVID-19 antibody cocktail
April 20, 2021
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The CDC announced a record number of cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in the United States in 2019. It was the first history of infectious diseases last week.
Report found significantly higher rates of STDs in gay and bisexual men than in heterosexual men, African Americans or Blacks, Native Americans or Alaskan Indians, and Indians from Hawaii or other islands. Pacific versus non-Hispanic whites.
In addition, researchers in a phase 3 trial have found that a subcutaneous injection of the cocktail of REGEN-COV antibodies (Regeneron) significantly reduced the risk of symptomatic COVID-19 in household contacts of infected individuals. REGEN-COV was 72% effective in protecting household contacts the first week and 93% the following weeks, according to a press release. Protection was 81% over 29 days.
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