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Risky (Gay) Sex Returns Syphilis to Europe
breitbart ^ | Dec 20 2007 | MARIA CHENG

Posted on 12/20/2007 1:33:23 PM PST by bahblahbah

LONDON (AP) - Syphilis is back: The sexually transmitted disease long associated with 19th Century bohemian life is making an alarming resurgence in Europe.

"Syphilis used to be a very rare disease," said Dr. Marita van de Laar, an expert in sexually transmitted diseases at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. "I'm not sure we can say that anymore."

Most cases of syphilis are in men, and experts point to more risky sex among gay men as the chief cause for the resurgence. But more cases are being seen among heterosexuals, both men and women, too.

Syphilis was the sexual scourge of the 19th Century, and is believed to have killed artists like poet Charles Baudelaire, composer Robert Schumann, and painter Paul Gauguin. But the widespread use of penicillin in the 1950s all but wiped it out in the Western world.

In the last decade, however, syphilis has unexpectedly returned, driven by risky sexual behavior and outbreaks in major cities across Europe, including London, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.

—In Britain, syphilis cases have leapt more than tenfold for men and women in the past decade to 3,702 in 2006, according to the Health Protection Agency. Among men in England, the syphilis rate jumped from one per 100,000 in 1997 to nine per 100,000 last year.

—In Germany, the rate among men was fewer than two per 100,000 in by 2003, it was six per 100,000.

—In France, there were 428 cases in 2003—almost 16 times the number just three years earlier.

—In the Netherlands, cases doubled from 2000 to 2004. In Amsterdam, up to 31 men per 100,000 were infected, while the rate was much lower in other regions.

Similar trends have been seen in the United States.

In 2000, syphilis infection rates were so low that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention embarked on a plan to eliminate the disease. But about 9,800 cases were reported in 2006.

In Europe, Van de Laar said syphilis' reappearance was so surprising that many doctors initially had trouble diagnosing it.

Though these days it mainly affects urban gay men, experts worry that the disease could also rebound in the general population if stronger efforts to fight it are not taken soon.

In 2005, British authorities reported that syphilis was spreading across the entire country, and that more heterosexual men and women were being infected.

"These increases may lead to increases in diagnoses of congenital syphilis over the coming years," said Kate Swan, a spokeswoman for the Health Protection Agency.

Pregnant women with syphilis can pass it on to their babies. Nearly half of all babies infected with syphilis while they are in the womb die shortly before or after birth.

Syphilis is a bacterial disease causing symptoms that include ulcers, sores and rashes. In extreme cases, it can result in dementia or fatally damage the heart, respiratory and central nervous systems. Syphilis is treatable with antibiotics if caught early.

Once there are more than just a few isolated cases, containing the disease is difficult.

Advances made in treating AIDS may have inadvertently boosted syphilis' spread.

"The evidence points to an increase in unsafe sexual behavior since anti-retrovirals for AIDS came along in 1996," said van de Laar.

After decades of being instructed to use condoms and to limit the number of sexual partners, some people are probably suffering from "safe sex fatigue," van de Laar said. The Internet has also allowed people to find sexual partners more easily than before, and some experts link the rise of dating Web sites to the jump in syphilis cases.

For some men, the Internet connections can be especially dangerous.

"Networks of HIV-positive men to find other positive men have sprung up on the Internet," said Jonathan Elford, an AIDS epidemiologist at London's City University.

Some men who have the AIDS virus are seeking condom-free sex with other men who are also HIV-infected. However, they aren't protected against syphilis and other sexually spread diseases. Among gay men who have syphilis in Britain, nearly half have HIV, Elford said.

Amid this resurgence, some officials are now attacking the epidemic online.

Every day, health workers at the Terrence Higgins Trust, Europe's largest AIDS charity, log into chatrooms on a popular British gay dating Web site to spread safe sex messages and answer questions.

"We know that men are arranging hook-ups for sex online," said Mark Thompson, the charity's deputy head of health promotion. "So we decided to tap into cyberspace to try reaching them before unsafe sex might happen."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gay; ghey; homosexualagenda; riskybehavior; std; stds

1 posted on 12/20/2007 1:33:24 PM PST by bahblahbah
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To: bahblahbah

“Jim, the Klingons are dying”.


2 posted on 12/20/2007 1:34:55 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: bahblahbah

Whoooo hooo! Those Europeans are really going to give us a run for our money. They can be #1 in the world for STDs. Probably would beat us easily.


3 posted on 12/20/2007 1:35:52 PM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: bahblahbah

“In France, there were 428 cases in 2003—almost 16 times the number just three years earlier.:

But,,,I thought France was being overrun by the uber-pious, super-holy, Islamics..?

Something smells.


4 posted on 12/20/2007 1:37:19 PM PST by austinaero
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To: bahblahbah
“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” - Rom 1:26, 27
5 posted on 12/20/2007 1:37:32 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: bahblahbah

Time for a new Valtex ad: “I have shyphilis......”


6 posted on 12/20/2007 1:38:03 PM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Shame on Freepers who use the MSM to attack any Republican)
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To: massgopguy
"In 2000, syphilis infection rates were so low that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention embarked on a plan to eliminate the disease.
But about 9,800 cases were reported in 2006.

Traitors: "Let's open the borders and bring syphilis HERE, with incurable tuberculosis."

7 posted on 12/20/2007 1:39:58 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

Valtrex won’t do squat for syphilis ... and some strains can be a challenge for antibiotics.


8 posted on 12/20/2007 1:41:38 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: bahblahbah
...driven by risky sexual behavior...

Funny, they never tell us what this phrase means.

9 posted on 12/20/2007 1:42:49 PM PST by Rudder
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To: ArrogantBustard

Yeah I know, just poking a little fun at those ads:


10 posted on 12/20/2007 1:42:55 PM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Shame on Freepers who use the MSM to attack any Republican)
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To: PetroniusMaximus


Late stage syphilis.
11 posted on 12/20/2007 1:46:00 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

OK

Those ads are gross.


12 posted on 12/20/2007 1:46:31 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

For real?


13 posted on 12/20/2007 1:51:08 PM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Shame on Freepers who use the MSM to attack any Republican)
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To: bahblahbah
some people are probably suffering from "safe sex fatigue,"

Sometimes, when I think that people can't sink any lower, my faith that they can is restored.

Can't believe that a doctor is stating something like this...and that Syph is the problem, not the behavior that leads up to it.

14 posted on 12/20/2007 1:53:20 PM PST by wbill
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

Yep, it can get much worse. The nose will rot off and leave a gaping hole in the face. The lips and skin around the mouth will rot off. Horrible stuff.


15 posted on 12/20/2007 1:55:20 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Forgive me, but it almost sounds like you are describing Michael Jackson.


16 posted on 12/20/2007 1:59:03 PM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Shame on Freepers who use the MSM to attack any Republican)
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To: bahblahbah
In 2000, syphilis infection rates were so low that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention embarked on a plan to eliminate the disease. But about 9,800 cases were reported in 2006.

Add that to the list of homo accomplishments.

17 posted on 12/20/2007 2:04:40 PM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: bahblahbah

Why aren’t liberals demanding extra taxes on homosexual behavior for taking up a disproportionate amount of healthcare services due to AIDS and other diseases? Shouldn’t gay bars have warning signs talking about the health dangers of various homosexual acts?

Yet they go after fat people and smokers. Hypocrites.


18 posted on 12/20/2007 2:07:32 PM PST by Deathmonger
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To: PetroniusMaximus

The age-old prohibitions against homosexual behavior did not spring full blown from the head of Zeus without good reason.


19 posted on 12/20/2007 2:11:02 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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To: bahblahbah
Syphilis is back:

Mother nature has her ways...

20 posted on 12/20/2007 2:12:43 PM PST by bigbob (2)
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To: bahblahbah
Ah yes, bug chasers causing a rise in STDs.

Can I get a grant to do a study?

21 posted on 12/20/2007 2:14:28 PM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: bahblahbah
IIRC, syph was a gift to Europe from the central American natives, first seen in Lisbon after Columbus’s second trip... I think it has a different name then though...
22 posted on 12/20/2007 2:17:06 PM PST by xcamel (FDT/2008)
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To: domenad

How can this be? We were told that all the homosexuals had faithful partners and only wanted to be able to be married like normal folks.


23 posted on 12/20/2007 2:19:17 PM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: bahblahbah

Don’t take a vacation to England???


24 posted on 12/20/2007 2:34:25 PM PST by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: bahblahbah
Image hosted by Photobucket.comand the filthy disease ridden queers strike again...
25 posted on 12/20/2007 3:00:23 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: PetroniusMaximus; Borax Queen; yorkie

OMG...that looks like pictures I’ve seen of leprosy....never knew it could get that bad.


26 posted on 12/20/2007 3:05:34 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Deathmonger
Yet they go after fat people and smokers. Hypocrites.

'xactly!

27 posted on 12/20/2007 3:06:36 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: nicmarlo
 

        Late stage Syphilis                                                Early stage Syphilis

28 posted on 12/20/2007 3:16:17 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right but never in doubt)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

that’s just not right, WK....


29 posted on 12/20/2007 3:22:11 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Unholy CRAP!


30 posted on 12/20/2007 3:23:27 PM PST by WakeUpAndVote ("When fascism comes it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross. " - LRon Paul, Dec. 18, 2007.)
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To: bahblahbah

“I was going to wear protection but then I thought, hey, how often do I get to Haiti?”


31 posted on 12/20/2007 3:27:41 PM PST by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: bahblahbah

Dang. It’s getting harder and harder for me to find a clean Cabana Boy in my Golden Years!

Nowadays, I don’t even want one washed and brought to my tent. Better to have him washed, dry-cleaned, dipped for fleas, doused for ring worm and shot full of penicillin before I even read his resume.

What’s a rich old broad to do? ;) (Don’t answer that, LOL!)


32 posted on 12/20/2007 3:29:52 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Rudder
"Funny, they never tell us what this phrase means."

They also don't tell us that the reason that women and heterosexual men are getting syphilis more often is that they are now more likely engaging in similar activities.

My confusion is why do the liberals call it an STD?

As everyone knows, after the Clinton administration, the only thing that is "sex" is normal sex.

All this other stuff is just foreplay.

They should call them FTD's ... which would be appropriate since they will soon be receiving flowers in the hospital ... or delivered to their gravesites.

33 posted on 12/20/2007 3:34:15 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: bahblahbah

thanks, bfl


34 posted on 12/20/2007 3:49:56 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr
Most cases of syphilis are in men, and experts point to more risky sex among gay men as the chief cause for the resurgence.

But if you actually say that in Britain you will be prosecuted for HATE SPEECH!

35 posted on 12/20/2007 4:05:33 PM PST by Wil H
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To: bahblahbah

“The Lost Children of Rockland County”, about a 1996 syphilis outbreak among a group of affluent white teenagers in an Atlanta suburb:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/georgia/


36 posted on 12/20/2007 8:30:44 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

They should call them FTD’s ... which would be appropriate since they will soon be receiving flowers in the hospital ... or delivered to their gravesites.

Great Line.


37 posted on 12/20/2007 10:49:38 PM PST by fishhound
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To: LibFreeOrDie

That is an incredibly shocking video.


38 posted on 12/20/2007 10:50:33 PM PST by fishhound
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To: bahblahbah

In Iran these people would’ve been executed....


39 posted on 12/21/2007 11:58:47 AM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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