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Trichomoniasis: Most Common Curable STD in U.S. Affects 7.4 Million,Annually

April is STD Awareness Month: Time to Pay Attention to this Overlooked Disease

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 02, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- During National Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month this April, Mission Pharmacal is urging increased awareness of, and testing for, trichomoniasis (also known as "trich"), the most common curable STD in the United States. Awareness of the condition remains low, despite the fact that trich affects an estimated 7.4 million men and women each year in the United States, compared with 3 million cases of chlamydia and 700,000 cases of gonorrhea annually.

If left untreated, trich can lead to more serious health problems in both men and women, including increasing the likelihood of HIV acquisition and transmission. In women, untreated trich may contribute to an increased risk of infertility, cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, preterm birth and postoperative infection. The consequences of untreated trich in men include decreased sperm count and movement, increased risk of infertility, and chronic pain in the prostate or pelvic region.

Because trich is generally asymptomatic or only mildly symptomatic, people often don't know they are infected. This lack of awareness often leads to a delay in seeking treatment, thereby increasing the likelihood that the untreated infection will be passed on to others. A recent study of trich- infected women found that more than 71 percent of their male partners were also infected, although most of the men did not show symptoms (1).

"Despite its prevalence and the consequences of leaving it untreated, routine testing is not being conducted for trichomoniasis," stated Dr. Jane Schwebke, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Because patients may not experience symptoms when infected, healthcare providers need to be vigilant about testing sexually active patients, and patients should request testing if they suspect they are at risk."

Fortunately, trich can be cured with a one-day, one-dose regimen of Tindamax(R) (tinidazole). Tindamax(R) is administered orally in a single 2- gram dose, and has demonstrated cure rates of 92 to 100 percent. In addition, Tindamax(R) is recognized as one of the drugs of choice for the treatment of trichomoniasis in the recently issued 2006 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines (www.cdc.gov/std/treatment) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sexual partners should be treated simultaneously for maximum efficacy and prevention of re-infection. More information on Tindamax(R) and trichomoniasis is available at http://www.tindamax.com.

About Tindamax(R)

Tindamax(R), a second-generation 5-nitroimidazole compound, is indicated in the United States for the treatment of trichomoniasis, the intestinal infections giardiasis and intestinal amebiasis, and amebic liver abscess. It has been approved for use in the United States since May 2004 and is recognized as one of the drugs of choice for the treatment of trichomoniasis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Full prescribing information for Tindamax(R), as well as information about trichomoniasis, is available at http://www.tindamax.com.

About Mission Pharmacal

Mission Pharmacal, the maker of Citracal(R), is a family-owned pharmaceutical company based in San Antonio, Texas. For more than 60 years, the company has been dedicated to identifying unmet health needs in the marketplace and developing innovative prescription and over-the-counter products to meet them. Currently, Mission Pharmacal provides physicians and consumers with pharmaceutical, nutritional and diagnostic products. For more informa tion, visit http://missionpharmacal.com.

(1) A.C. Sena, W.C. Miller, M.M. Hobbs, J.R. Schwebke, P.A. Leone, H. Swygard, J. Atashili, and M. Cohen. Trichomoniasis vaginalis Infection in Male Sexual Partners: Implications for Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention. Clinical Infections Diseases 2007; 44: 13-22.

CONTACT: Alicia Samuels of GCI Group, +1-212-537-8170,, for Mission Pharmacal asamuels@gcigroup.com

Web site: http://missionpharmacal.com/http://www.tindamax.com/http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/

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