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Internet blamed in spread of syphilis among gays
Reuters ^

Posted on 03/11/2004 6:25:50 AM PST by Peter J. Huss

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Internet has played a significant role in the latest increase in cases of syphilis among gay men by introducing partners more likely to practice high-risk sex, according to a study released on Wednesday.

About 22 percent of homosexual men diagnosed with early stage syphilis reported meeting one or more of their sexual partners through the Internet around the time they were infected, said the study by the Los Angeles Health Department.

Researchers at a national conference in Philadelphia on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases also said they found gays who used the Web to meet sex partners were almost four times as likely to have anonymous sex than non-Internet users. They were also more than twice as likely to use injected drugs as those who found partners more traditionally.

Of gay men who met their partners online, 67 percent were HIV positive, according to the study.

"The Internet is an important venue for conducting STD/HIV prevention and control," said Dr. Getahun Aynalem, an author of the Los Angeles Health Department study.

"Potential public health prevention and control efforts should include interventions like online outreach."

The Internet was one of a number of factors contributing to the rise in syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases among gay men, Aynalem said. Other contributors included the increasing use of the recreational drug crystal methamphetamine and the erectile dysfunction medication Viagra.

Nationally, the incidence of reported syphilis has increased by 18 percent in the last three years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For male homosexuals it has multiplied 12-fold.

Between 1999 and 2003, the proportion of all U.S. syphilis cases among gay men jumped to 60 percent from 5 percent.

The Los Angeles research found that men who went online to find sex partners were more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior than those who found partners elsewhere. For example, of those who said they were the dominant partner in anal sex, 91 percent were Internet users compared with 80 percent who were non-browsers.

The Web can also help control the spread of STDs, researchers said. Online, partners can be notified of a person's sexual history and chat rooms where health counselors can discuss STD prevention and control can be set up.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aids; gaydisease; grids; homosexual; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; riskybehavior; std
As the headline suggest, the internet is a common mode of virual transmission.

That's why I always spray the keyboard with Lysol when I use the computers at the library.

1 posted on 03/11/2004 6:25:50 AM PST by Peter J. Huss
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To: Peter J. Huss
What about SUVs? They have to work that in somewhere.
2 posted on 03/11/2004 6:26:40 AM PST by Crazieman
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To: Peter J. Huss
Are they all having sex with the same computer or something?
3 posted on 03/11/2004 6:27:34 AM PST by Chewbacca ("Turn off your machines! Walk off your jobs! Power to the People!" - The Ice Pirates)
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To: Peter J. Huss
And here I thought it was caused by unprotected sex with sexual deviants, what was I thinking?
4 posted on 03/11/2004 6:28:23 AM PST by HELLRAISER II (Give us another tax break Mr. President)
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To: Peter J. Huss
need a better firewall
5 posted on 03/11/2004 6:28:26 AM PST by Feckless
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To: Peter J. Huss
Don't even think about buying into this lie!


Everyone with half a brain knows this is Bush's fault! (sarcasm)
6 posted on 03/11/2004 6:28:38 AM PST by dagoofyfoot
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To: Peter J. Huss
I'd better update my Symantec.
7 posted on 03/11/2004 6:29:07 AM PST by kevao
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To: HELLRAISER II
And here I thought it was caused by unprotected sex with sexual deviants, what was I thinking? Nope. Totally wrong. You see, it's the mysterious internet. Just like it's the evil SUVs and the evil guns.
8 posted on 03/11/2004 6:30:12 AM PST by Peter J. Huss
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To: Peter J. Huss
Internet blamed in spread of syphilis among gays,
IGNORANCE & STUPIDITY blamed in spread of syphilis among gays
9 posted on 03/11/2004 6:31:44 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: kevao
I heard that if you use the internet 3 times, you use the internet for life!

Not that I would know. Someone told me.
11 posted on 03/11/2004 6:33:24 AM PST by Peter J. Huss
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To: t1b8zs
DEATH WISH 6: BUG CHASER
12 posted on 03/11/2004 6:33:26 AM PST by JimRed (Fight election fraud! Volunteer as a local poll watcher, challenger or district official.)
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To: Peter J. Huss
Yeah those Guns & SUV's are waiting on every corner just waiting to kill somebody, somebody should do something about that.
13 posted on 03/11/2004 6:35:07 AM PST by HELLRAISER II (Give us another tax break Mr. President)
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To: Peter J. Huss
Another 100% preventable disease explosively spreading due to reckless promiscuity. (and this is no criticism of homosexuality per se, which is an entirely different discussion).

In a free society, these idiots would simply have to live with the consequences of their decisions. However, in the society we live in now, those of us who actually are responsible with our lives, have to forfeit our current and future earnings to subsidize the treatment of these sluts.

I'm sick of it.
14 posted on 03/11/2004 6:35:56 AM PST by babyface00
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To: Peter J. Huss
Somehow, I thought the organism was trasnmitted during [usually] sexual contact. Hmmm. A new vector? Or is the increase due to an increase in promiscuity?

Just remember one thing: you and I paid for these "researchers" with tax dollars. When I hear, "a study shows . . . ", my eyes glaze. That almost always means that I am either about to hear something a five-year old knows or that I am about to hear something so counter-intuitive and logically flawed that it doesn't deserve attention.

15 posted on 03/11/2004 6:36:04 AM PST by jammer
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To: pugmehon
What are these happy people doing with their mouse?
16 posted on 03/11/2004 6:38:31 AM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: babyface00
those of us who actually are responsible with our lives, have to forfeit our current and future earnings to subsidize the treatment of these sluts.
Excellent point never gave it consideration...now iam really disturbed
17 posted on 03/11/2004 6:39:06 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: Peter J. Huss
Gore's fault.
18 posted on 03/11/2004 6:40:01 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: gathersnomoss
thought they used hampsters
19 posted on 03/11/2004 6:40:13 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: Peter J. Huss
error: invalid port

20 posted on 03/11/2004 6:40:59 AM PST by non-anonymous
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To: gathersnomoss
What are these happy people doing with their mouse?

If anyone knows the answer to this question....


21 posted on 03/11/2004 6:41:43 AM PST by Peter J. Huss
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To: Peter J. Huss
Doesnt Al Gore have something to do with all this?
22 posted on 03/11/2004 6:42:21 AM PST by woofie ( 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.)
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To: ChrisCoolC
error: invalid port Exactly my thoughts.
23 posted on 03/11/2004 6:42:30 AM PST by Peter J. Huss
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To: Peter J. Huss
Riiiiight, the Internet just made them achieve the rewards of their perversion within their own bodies.
24 posted on 03/11/2004 6:42:36 AM PST by FormerLib ("Homosexual marriage" is just another route to anarchy.)
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To: Peter J. Huss
I can just see the headline 30 years ago:

Newspapers Blamed in Spread of Syphillus
Over 70% of Gay men with the dreaded disease met their multiple partners in Bathhouses which advertised in the Advocate.....

or Public Parks and Bathrooms Blamed in Spread of Syphillus
Recent studies revealed that many of the homosexuals arrested for deviant behavior by the vice squad have Syphillus. Of those with Syphillus, almost 100% were arrested soliciting other homosexuals in public parks and in the bathrooms therein. Such parks and bathrooms are therefore a public health menace and should be closed immediately!

25 posted on 03/11/2004 6:42:36 AM PST by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo [Gallia][Germania][Arabia] Esse Delendam --- Select One or More as needed)
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To: JimRed
Go lemmings, go!
26 posted on 03/11/2004 6:43:27 AM PST by FormerLib ("Homosexual marriage" is just another route to anarchy.)
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To: ChrisCoolC
I can see where this thread is headed............

any one have the radio clip about "Kooder the hampster"?
quite funny I will try to find it and put it up later

27 posted on 03/11/2004 6:44:24 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: Peter J. Huss
Funny...
28 posted on 03/11/2004 6:45:13 AM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: Peter J. Huss
The headline writer has a virus!!!!!
29 posted on 03/11/2004 6:47:52 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: Peter J. Huss
Bush's fault!
30 posted on 03/11/2004 6:52:38 AM PST by observer5
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To: Crazieman
I thought outsorcing was the reason for this increase in STDs. Either that or SUVs. Have you ever noticed that SUV is STD spelled sideways?... sorta.
31 posted on 03/11/2004 6:53:35 AM PST by bondjamesbond (Hat tip to "Libby the Kid".)
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To: little jeremiah; scripter
Ping


What We Can Do To Help Defeat the "Gay" Agenda


Homosexual Agenda: Categorical Index of Links (Version 1.1)


The Stamp of Normality

32 posted on 03/11/2004 6:56:16 AM PST by EdReform (Support Free Republic - All donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!)
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To: Peter J. Huss
I have an opticle mouse, 'cuz it likes to watch.
33 posted on 03/11/2004 7:05:31 AM PST by laotzu
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To: Peter J. Huss
"syphilis cases among gay men jumped to 60 percent"

60%!!!!

34 posted on 03/11/2004 7:07:35 AM PST by laotzu
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To: EdReform
Thanks for the ping. The database has been updated to include this article.
35 posted on 03/11/2004 7:13:42 AM PST by scripter (Thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle)
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To: Feckless
HBO's Curb Your Enthusiam show, with Larry David had a plot when Larry was going to have sex with a Hassedic Jewish woman, they asked him to bring a sheet with a hole in it. They are not allowed to touch! It was a very funny thing about protective sex, and Hassedics.
36 posted on 03/11/2004 7:13:50 AM PST by philosofy123
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To: Peter J. Huss
So, is that the only STD that jumped for gay america online?

Bad....bad....naughty computer

Daschole is deeply saddened

37 posted on 03/11/2004 7:23:07 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Gotta clean that mouse and keyboard out...

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

38 posted on 03/11/2004 7:24:31 AM PST by mhking
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To: scripter
You're welcome! I just posted a links update to your "Categorical Index of Links" thread.


39 posted on 03/11/2004 7:42:51 AM PST by EdReform (Support Free Republic - All donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!)
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To: Peter J. Huss
Ban Al Gore! He invented the internet!
40 posted on 03/11/2004 7:52:10 AM PST by SquirrelKing (If your beer tastes heavy, your tongue needs excercise. - Newcastle Brown)
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To: SquirrelKing
well, if the internet did it, it is a good thing we discriminate against poor people by not giving them free computers and free access otherwise they would all have it too.
41 posted on 03/11/2004 8:21:45 AM PST by cajungirl (John Kerry has no botox and I have a bridge to sell you!)
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To: cajungirl
Or am I being elitist by thinking only rich people get stds and stuff. Like only rich people are entitled.
42 posted on 03/11/2004 8:22:28 AM PST by cajungirl (John Kerry has no botox and I have a bridge to sell you!)
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To: Peter J. Huss
Do I have to wear condoms on my fingers now?
43 posted on 03/11/2004 8:25:05 AM PST by rudypoot
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To: rudypoot
Do I have to wear condoms on my fingers now?

Latex gloves should do the trick.

44 posted on 03/11/2004 9:23:16 AM PST by Born Conservative (conservative click Guerilla extraordinare)
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To: Peter J. Huss
The Los Angeles Health Department says syphillis is transmitted because of the Internet.

I tend to think that it gets transmitted because of gay sex.
45 posted on 03/11/2004 9:27:53 AM PST by BaBaStooey
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To: Peter J. Huss
It must be those pop-up ads.
46 posted on 03/11/2004 9:29:37 AM PST by LauraJean (Fukai please pass the squid sauce)
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To: Peter J. Huss
Amazing! I never new that you could catch syphilis from the Internet. Will my virus scan software block it?
47 posted on 03/11/2004 10:24:30 AM PST by kennedy
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