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Jun 5, 2022

What does the body of evidence say on the topic of sexually transmitted infections? Plus: should you worry about monkeypox, and what is going on with mysterious cases of liver inflammation in children?


Block 1:

(2:15) STIs: nomenclature, HIV, rising cases


Block 2:

(8:57) STIs: why cases are increasing, who should be screened, treatment options, antibiotic resistance, confections, cold sore outbreaks


Block 3:

(23:29) Monkeypox


Block 4:

(36:45) Mysterious liver inflammation in children and possible link to COVID-19



* Jingle by Joseph Hackl

* Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl.

* Assistant researcher: Nicholas Koziris


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1) Public Health Agency of Canada’s 2018 report on sexually transmitted infections in Canada:


2) Summary table from the California Public Health Department about recommended STI screening in different groups:


3) Uptake of STI screening:



4) CDC treatment guidelines and recommendations on co-treatment:


5) Acyclovir for treatment of genital herpes:


6) Topical antivirals for cold sores:


7) Episode 61 of our podcast on HIV:


8) Episode 72 of our podcast on liver disease:


9) Jim Downs’ article in The Atlantic on tiptoeing around the issue of monkeypox and men who have sex with men:



Music Credits:


Dead Spaces by Tim Kulig




The Legion by Alexander Nakarada