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The Centers for Disease Control has updated its guidelines to recommend pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to all adults and adolescents who are sexually active.

According to the new guidelines, all sexually active adult and adolescent patients should receive information about PrEP.

The new guidance allows primary care doctors to advise patients who are sexually active that the HIV prevention drug PrEP should be a routine part of their care.

PrEP is a drug prescribed to reduce the risk of getting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or the virus that causes AIDS.

PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99%. Studies determined that only about 25% of adults and adolescents who can benefit from PrEP are actually taking the drug.

"It just makes sense to expand it to everyone," Kristen D. Krause, PD, MPH, tells Health.com. "PrEP is a big tool in the tool kit of HIV prevention."

"Having the CDC give the green light and say that this is an expected and routine part of your care potentially gives license to providers who otherwise might not have had this conversation," Seth Glassman, MD, an infectious disease expert, tells Health.

Before going on PrEP, all patients are required to take an HIV test. People who are already HIV-positive should not take PrEP.

The CDC stresses that PrEP is safe for everyone, and side effects caused by PrEP are mild and resolve eventually.

Those side effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain

 
"Taking this medication dramatically reduces the chance that you will be infected with HIV if you are exposed to the virus," Jamie Alan, PharmD, PhD, tells Health.

"These side effects should be weighed against the possibility of getting infected with the virus," Alan says.

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A man suffered erectile dysfunction after getting the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine. The unidentified man's wife reported he suffered the adverse event shortly after receiving the mRNA vaccine.

"My man hasn't been able to have an erection since he took the vaccine. At first I was teasing him but when I saw how distressed it made him I realized that its [sic] serious. We are going for professional consultation today. Hoping for a positive outcome."

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According to goodrx.com, Covid-19 has been linked to erectile dysfunction (ED) in research studies. However, there isn't enough research to prove whether Covid-19 vaccines can cause ED.

"COVID-19 can cause swelling and inflammation in the penis. It can also damage blood vessels and lower or prevent blood from reaching tissues and organs. If blood can’t reach your penis, having an erection will be more difficult."

A small study cited by goodrx.com reports that men infected with the coronavirus had lower testosterone levels. Low testosterone levels can lead to ED.
 
READ ALSO: Study: Covid-19 May Attack Testicles, Reduce Testosterone in Men
 
Other risk factors for ED include obesity, age, high blood pressure, respiratory illnesses, mental illness, and diabetes.

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database doesn't show any reports of ED.

The data may not be available because some men are embarrassed to report their inability to get it up after taking the vaccines.

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Women who received the Pfizer mRNA vaccine are reporting an unexpected side effect that may boost mammogram appointments in America.

The women claim the Pfizer injections increased their breast size and they have dubbed the side effect the "Pfizer boob job."

According to Australian Department of Health, increased breast size and inflamed lymph nodes are a less common side effect of the vaccinations.

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Doctors in the U.S. have reported an increase in newly vaccinated women making mammogram appointments due to swollen breasts.

Dr. Laura Esserman, director of University of California San Francisco’s Breast Care Center, said women were confusing swollen lymph nodes after the vaccine for signs of cancer.

Dr. Esserman said "hundreds of thousands of women" will be affected by the rare side effect.

"I'm sure hundreds of thousands of women will be affected by this for sure," Dr. Esserman told ABC7 Chicago.

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A video featuring dozens of people pleading for help after receiving the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines is going viral.

The video features men, women and children of all ages and races who took the shots for a virus with a 99.7% survival rate.

They desperately plead for help after suffering ongoing adverse affects for weeks or months.

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The video features a 12-year-old girl who requires a feeding tube and is in a wheelchair after participating in the vaccine trials for children.

One woman said, "We listened, so we believed that this vaccine was the right thing to do. So, please, trust us and listen to us when we tell you that we are continuing to suffer physically."

Another woman said, "I'm speaking on behalf of my 17 year old daughter. Pfizer, New York, we need help. We need to be heard."

A third woman who didn't want her face to be shown said, "I am afraid to be shown due to the negative consequences some of my fellow sufferers have faced for speaking out. But I need help and we desperately need the medical community to hear us."

All of the vaccine recipients signed waivers acknowledging the potential side effects, including death.

Vaccine recipients can't sue pharmaceutical companies for damages for their pain and suffering.

However, none of them believed the vaccines would adversely affect them and cause anguish and pain.

Insurance doesn't cover their treatment because the vaccines are experimental and the recipients accepted the potential risks.
 

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Black Twitter is mourning the sudden death of journalist and influencer Ayesha K. Faines.

The former traffic anchor at News4Jax died unexpectedly on July 2nd. She was best known as a panelist on the web series The Grapevine Show.

She was also a contributor for MTV, Essence, Entertainment Tonight, Hot 97, and The Michael Baisden Show.

Her cause of death was not made public, however Facebook friends say she took the Covid-19 mRNA injections recently.

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After she was fully vaccinated in April, Faines tweeted:

"I had dinner with a friend for the first time in a year Sunday. Today I visited my opinionated octogenarian seamstress who I haven’t seen since last March. The joy! Actually getting ready to wear clothes OUT again Weary face. Things are NOT normal—but a bit closer."

Faines graduated from Yale University and was a competitive salsa dancer. She taught ballet to preteens and she was the founder of her brand Women Love Power, a digital learning company that helped women develop their sense of self separate from a man.

Black Twitter flooded her timeline with condolences.

One user wrote:

"Ayesha K Faines was a Black woman who organized complex information so anyone could understand.

"She had a great dharma as a teacher & she fulfilled her purpose. She followed her own rules & listened to her internal calling. The loss of this woman will be felt for generations."

Another person wrote:

"Never met Ayesha K. Faines a day in my life but I’ve been following her on twitter for years.

"I always loved and appreciated her wisdom on the Grapevine panels. Such a powerful, beautiful and brilliant woman. Prayers for her family & loved ones. R.I.P"

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This bilingual celebrity is reportedly so sick after taking an experimental "vaccine", that she was forced to back out of a hosting gig for an upcoming star-studded music festival.

She was rushed to the emergency room on more than one occasion in recent days due to the debilitating side effects of the drug.

During one of those visits, the celeb was stunned to learn she was eating for two. Sources say she's now worried that she might lose her unborn baby due to the nanotechnology contained in the still experimental injections (she's fully vaccinated).

The star's husband is dead set against taking the spike protein shots, but she took the shots "for work."

The star has consulted specialists all over the country. She wants to know if the shots can affect her unborn baby. The specialists didn't reassure her.

More importantly, she's concerned about her health because she can't shake her flu-like symptoms.

She recently took to Twitter to ask for prayers but has since deleted the tweet.
 

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The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta called an emergency meeting after hundreds of teenage boys who received Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines developed heart inflammation.

A total of 226 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported among teenage boys who received Covid-19 vaccines.

Of the total cases, three teenagers are in intensive care units, 15 are hospitalized in cardiac ICU, 41 have cardiac symptoms and the rest have recovered fully.

The CDC said Thursday the number of cases are higher than expected.

Heart inflammation is rare among healthy teenagers and young adults.

Children and teenagers have extremely low rates of Covid-19 and are not known to transmit the virus to adults.

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The CDC continues to urge children ages 12 and older to get vaccinated.

More than 130 million Americans have received both their first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 60% of Americans are unvaccinated.

Governors in America have offered incentives including $1 million lotteries, cars, guns, and concert tickets to people who get the vaccines.

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Summer Walker was heavily criticized for alleging that Covid-19 mRNA vaccines are contagious and can cause spontaneous abortions.

The R&B singer sparked controversy when she warned her followers that standing next to a vaccinated person can cause miscarriages and blood clots.

The 25-year-old singer made the unusual remarks in posts on social media on Monday.

"We're all f*****d," she wrote in her Instagram stories. "Stay the f*** away from people who were vaccinated. People are reporting bleeding, bruising, spontaneous periods and miscarriages from being in close [proximity] to a recently vaccinated person." She added the hashtag #YouHaveBeenWarned.

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In a follow-up post Summer wrote in all caps:

"I'm alarmed by the amount of women in my DM's complaining about abnormal bleeding and miscarriages after coming in contact with someone whose been vaccinated!!!!!"

Instagram attached a Covid fact-checking information box to Summer's post noting that Covid-19 vaccines are tested for "safety and effectiveness".

Millions of people have reported adverse reactions to Covid-19 mRNA vaccines around the world. But there are no reports of contracting adverse effects from simply standing next to a vaccinated person.

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More women are reporting side effects to the vaccine than men, according to a website that records side effects and deaths.

79% of women reported side effects in the first 13.7 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered to Americans this year.

An infectious disease specialist says there may be a biological reason for the disparity in side effects to the vaccine.

"We know that with vaccinations and infections, women tend to have a stronger immune response than men," Dr. Simone Wildes, a Boston-based infectious disease specialist, told "Good Morning America." "That's really driven by biological differences in males and females and the sex hormones."

Wildes explained that men and women experience different side effects because the vaccines tells the body to make foreign proteins.

"When we get the Covid vaccine, we are introducing proteins into our body that are foreign and we're teaching the cells to make the antibodies and the T-cells to help to fight the infection in case we're exposed to it," she said. "What happens in the female body is those cells create more protein than the male cells would."

She added: "When females get the vaccine, we're going to complain of more side effects because our immune system is more revved up," Wildes explained. "We are able to produce more of the antibodies..."

Additionally, Wildes said women in general tend to complain more than men.

"Women in general just report more, so there is that difference," said Wildes. "I can’t tell you how many men I will see in the hospital who say, ‘My wife forced me to go to the hospital,' while some men will say, 'It's not a big deal.'"

So far, 38% of the U.S. population has been vaccinated. Only 14% of Black people have been vaccinated.

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Covid-19 mRNA vaccines are causing an unexpected side effect in biological women. The still-experimental messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccines have been administered to 65 million Americans.

Commonly reported side effects include pain around the injection site, headache, fatigue, muscle pain, and death.

But some women are complaining of an unexpected side effect after the second dose: swollen, painful mammary lymph glands that can mimic breast cancer.

"I panicked, I'll admit, initially," said Dr. Bridget Rogers, radiologist at Solis Mammography.

"I had a big, visible, painful lump," she told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh. Dr. Rogers said she received her second dose of mRNA vaccine the day before.

"I tried to reassure myself by remembering that this is actually a sign that the vaccine was doing what it's supposed to do, activating your immune system," she said.

Still, she admits she had an ultrasound done just to make sure.

"I've been trying to forewarn women ahead of time," said Dr. Stephanie Miller, a breast surgeon and Medical Director of the Breast Program at Rose Medical Center.

She tells women to let the mammography center know if you've recently had a vaccine "So that we can have the right explanation for what we're seeing."

Mammary lymph glands are located in the arm pit and neck on the affected side.

Swollen, painful lumps in the armpit and in the neck under the jawline are among the first signs of breast cancer in some women.

Doctors urge women not to take the vaccine if you have a mammogram scheduled the next day because it may trigger a false breast cancer reading.

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A former Detroit news anchor has died a day after receiving a Covid-19 mRNA vaccine. Karen Hudson-Samuels was found dead in her Detroit home by her husband, Cliff Samuels, CBS Detroit reported.

Hudson-Samuels, 68, worked at the country's first Black-owned television station. She also worked as a producer and news director at WGPR-TV.

"We suspect it may have just been a stroke but because of the normal side effects of the vaccine it may have masked that," Samuels told the news station.

"Hopefully we'll know soon from the autopsy report," he said.

"She was just a beautiful person," WWJ Reporter Vickie Thomas told WGPR. "It's such a huge loss for this community," Thomas said.

Over 1,200 Americans reportedly died within two weeks of receiving Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

Drene Keyes, 58, died within hours of getting a vaccine at a Virginia facility on Feb. 6.

Keyes' daughter, Lisa Jones, told WKTR that her mother's job "made her eligible for the vaccine."

"Why are we allowing people with underlying conditions to be guinea pigs for a vaccine that is still in clinical trials and emergency use?"

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A blood disorder that affects the platelets has been reported in at least 2 dozen people who received Covid-19 mRNA vaccines in the United States.

Thrombocytopenia is among the adverse effects reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) system, which is jointly run by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Thrombocytopenia is an abnormally low platelet count in the blood. A normal human platelet count ranges from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood.

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Low platelets causes abnormal bleeding, weakness and fatigue.

Signs and symptoms of low platelet count are frequent nosebleeds, bleeding gums, bruising all over the body, longer periods in women, small red or purple spots on the skin, spontaneous bleeding under skin, blood filled blisters inside the mouth.

MSN reports that by the end of January, 32 cases of a decreased platelet count, 14 cases of thrombocytopenia, and 11 cases of immune thrombocytopenia were recorded in people who had received either Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccines in the U.S.

If you notice any unusual signs of bleeding after getting the mRNA vaccine, contact your doctor or healthcare provider immediately.

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As the U.S. and other countries prepare to roll out millions of messenger Ribonucleic Acid (mRNA) vaccinations, UK officials warn the still experimental mRNA vaccinations will do nothing to stop the spread of the virus.

The U.S., Canada and the UK recently approved the vaccine developed by Pfizer and the German firm BioNTech for "emergency use."

But critics of the rollout say the mRNA vaccinations were not designed to stop the spread of a virus since, unlike traditional vaccines, the mRNA vaccines are bio-engineered to genetically modify human DNA.

In a letter sent Nov. 4 to the U.K.'s healthcare staff in four countries, chief medical officers say the vaccines will not stop the spread of the virus, and healthcare workers should prepare for "an specially hard winter."

"[Vaccine] deployment will have only a marginal impact in reducing numbers coming into the health service with COVID over the next three months," the officials wrote.

"Vaccines do not equal zero COVID," World Health Organization emergencies director Michael Ryan warned on Friday.

The vaccines pose a problem to healthcare workers because of the serious side effects reported by participants in clinical trials.

Buddy Creech, one of the lead investigators of the Moderna vaccine trials, said the side effects are strong enough to put health workers "out of commission" and those risks have to be raised before the vaccines are rolled out.

Officials at Massachusetts General Hospital and other hospitals in the U.S. are considering vaccinating doctors and nurses at the end of their shifts to stagger their staff in case they call out sick after receiving the shots.

But Mass General's vice chair of emergency preparedness Paul Biddinger says staggering shifts will not be enough since full data from Pfizer and Moderna's late-stage trials are still unknown.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft of possible side effects from the still experimental Covid-19 messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine (link opens PDF).

The terrifying list looks like something out of a horror movie script. The scariest side effect (other than death) is disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC).

In my 30+ years as a registered nurse I've only witnessed two patients suffering from DIC. Both patients died within hours.

DIC is the singular most horrific medical condition I've ever witnessed. Basically, DIC interrupts the body's normal clotting function and the patient bleeds from every orifice, including the eyes, nose and mouth.

Blood transfusions are pointless because of the lack of clotting factors. So the blood transfusions go into the veins and pour out through the nose, ears, eyes, vagina, anus -- even the pores in the skin ooze blood.

The following is a draft of possible adverse reactions to the mRNA vaccine.

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A British pharmacy regulator has dropped a bombshell warning: people with significant allergic reactions should not take the still experimental Covid-19 vaccine.

The MHRA warned Wednesday that people who have experienced "powerful allergic overreactions" should avoid taking the experimental Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccines.

The warning comes after 2 people reported adverse reactions after taking the Pfizer mRNA vaccines last week.

At least 2 volunteers in the Pfizer and Moderna trials have died after getting the vaccine in clinical trials in the U.S.

The adverse reactions spell trouble for the already risky vaccination program here in the U.S. where the elderly in nursing homes will be the first guinea pigs.

Dr. Sandra Fryhofer warned that patients will have some "rough side effects" from the vaccine that will last a day to a week. She said some healthcare workers who take the vaccine may have to call out sick the next day.

She is concerned that her patients will not return for the second dose if they are feeling poorly after the first dose.

"We really need to make patients aware that this is not going to be a walk in the park," Fryhofer said. "They are going to know they had a vaccine. They are probably not going to feel wonderful. But they've got to come back for that second dose."

One North Carolina woman who participated in the Moderna trials said, "The first dose is no big deal. And then the second dose will definitely put you down for the day for sure. You will need to take a day off after the second dose."

Researchers don't know the longterm effects of the mRNA vaccine, since the FDA has never approved mRNA vaccines for use in humans.