CDC endorses prophylactic antibiotics to reduce STIs in high-risk groups


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finalized its guidelines for post-exposure prophylaxis against bacterial sexually transmitted infections on Tuesday. For groups at higher risk of contracting syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, the agency now recommends taking doxycycline, an antibiotic, within 72 hours of having sex. Connie Celum, professor of global health, medicine, and epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.

UW SPH’s Connie Celum receives the 2024 ASPPH Research Excellence Award

UW School of Public Health

Dr. Connie Celum, professor at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine, is the recipient of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s (ASPPH) 2024 Research Excellence Award. ASPPH awards honor individuals who exhibit excellence in education, research, practice, student services, and exceptional community engagement. The awardees will be recognized at the Annual ASPPH Meeting Awards Luncheon on March 21 in Arlington, VA.

Community care model improves uptake of TB preventive therapy, KZN study finds


The uptake and continuation of tuberculosis (TB) preventive therapy were much higher when it was provided through a community-based model compared to the standard clinic-based model, a study conducted in KwaZulu-Natal found. The findings were presented at the recent Conference for Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, USA.

DGH faculty members Adrienne Shapiro, Ruanne Barnabas (now at Massachusetts General Hospital), and Connie Celum were involved in the research, as well as DGH staff members Torin Schaafsma, Meighan Krows, and Susan Morrison.

DoxyPEP is a morning-after pill to prevent sexually transmitted infections


Years after it was first proven to work, a new tool for preventing sexually transmitted infections is on the brink of entering mainstream medicine. That tool is doxyPEP, an antibiotic that works like a morning-after pill — but instead of preventing pregnancy within hours of unprotected sex, it prevents STIs like chlamydia and syphilis.

Dr. Connie Celum, professor of global health and of medicine at the UW, is referenced.