A report back on Vincent Cornelisse’s presentation ‘Attitudes Towards and Use of Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Sexually Transmitted Infections in Australia; An Online Survey’
The charismatic Vincent Cornelisse delivered the results of a large online survey regarding the use of doxycycline as pre and post exposure prophylaxis for STI’s by men who have sex with men (MSM). The use of doxycycline is not recommended or indicated for such a purpose in any Australian guideline, and the evidence for its use overseas is questionable at best. Despite this, a whopping 13% of MSM participating in the study responded that they had used doxycycline as STI prophylaxis, which equates to hundreds of men. Perhaps what is even more disturbing is that 50% of these men reported getting the doxycycline prescribed by their GP (and the rest possibly ordering it online).