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Rare, Hard-To-Diagnose Sex Disease Sparks Fears
The Indy Channel ^ | February 7, 2006 | AP

Posted on 02/07/2006 10:12:12 AM PST by Abathar

WASHINGTON -- A particularly bad strain of chlamydia not usually seen in this country appears to be slowly spreading among gay and bisexual men, an infection that can increase their chances of getting or spreading the AIDS virus.

Called LGV chlamydia, this sexually transmitted disease has caused a worrisome outbreak in Europe, where some countries have confirmed dozens of cases. Diagnoses confirmed by U.S. health officials still are low, just 27 since they warned a year ago that the strain was headed here.

But specialists say that's undoubtedly a fraction of the infections, because this illness is incredibly hard to diagnose: Few U.S. clinics and laboratories can test for it. Painful symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses, such as irritable bowel syndrome.

And because LGV chlamydia doesn't always cause noticeable symptoms -- right away, at least -- an unknown number of people may silently harbor and spread it, along with an increased risk of HIV transmission.

"My feeling is that what we're seeing now is still the tip of the iceberg," says Dr. Philippe Chiliade of the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C., which diagnosed its first few cases of LGV last month and is beginning to push for asymptomatic men to be screened.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already was counting an 8 percent increase in HIV among gay and bisexual men between 2003 and 2004, before LGV's arrival was recognized.

"We are really concerned about this," says Dr. Catherine McLean of CDC's HIV and STD prevention program.

Increasing the ability to test for LGV is "what's really critically important," she adds. "The prevalence of the disease is probably quite a bit higher than the reported cases indicate, either here or in Europe, but we don't yet know that."

Three weeks of the antibiotic doxycycline effectively treats LGV. But patients have to know they're at risk, and then find a test.

Chlamydia, caused by bacteria, is among the most common sexually transmitted diseases. As many as 3 million Americans a year may become infected with common strains, best known for causing infertility in women if left untreated.

This more virulent strain is called "lymphogranuloma venereum," or LGV. It's not a new form, but one rarely seen outside of Africa or Southeast Asia. So STD specialists were stunned in late 2004, when the Netherlands announced an outbreak that reached over 100 cases; last summer, one clinic there reported seeing one to two new patients a week. Cases also have surfaced in much of Western Europe and Britain. As with the U.S. cases, many also have HIV.

Symptoms differ from regular chlamydia: swollen lymph nodes in the groin; genital or rectal ulcers; and painful bowel movements and other gastrointestinal symptoms that may mimic inflammatory bowel disease. Such symptoms leave patients particularly susceptible to HIV infection if they also encounter that virus.

LGV can infect both sexes, although new cases diagnosed so far are among men having sex with men.

Screening requires nucleic acid testing, a complex type of genetic testing not yet commercially available for rectal use. The CDC then uses even more sophisticated testing to confirm the diagnosis.

Because testing is difficult, no one knows how prevalent LGV truly is. In a surprise finding last fall, Dutch scientists tested some tissue samples stored in San Francisco since the 1980s, and found evidence that today's LGV strain had gone unrecognized at the time. So has it been simmering here all along, or is it on the rise?

Regardless of how that question turns out, LGV is one more sexually transmitted illness that plays a role in HIV.

Thus, the CDC is encouraging doctors who spot LGV symptoms to contact their local health department for help in finding a nearby testing lab, or in shipping samples to CDC for testing there.

"But I don't want people to think you have to have severe pain," cautions Chiliade, whose clinic recently became authorized to offer the NAT rectal screening -- and who recommends it for gay men who have had unprotected sex even if they feel no symptoms.


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1 posted on 02/07/2006 10:12:13 AM PST by Abathar
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To: Abathar

Sounds darned nasty. I'm glad I'll never get it.


2 posted on 02/07/2006 10:14:11 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Abathar

A particularly bad strain of chlamydia not usually seen in this country appears to be slowly spreading among gay and bisexual men, an infection that can increase their chances of getting or spreading the AIDS virus.



In other words normal, heterosexual monogomus people that practice safe sex have nothing to fear. It's just the rump rangers that are gonna have to change or die?

Ok.


3 posted on 02/07/2006 10:14:11 AM PST by trubluolyguy (Where did they get those ref's, the WWE?)
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To: Abathar

Homosexuality: the gift that keeps on giving


4 posted on 02/07/2006 10:15:06 AM PST by NRA1995 (GOOOOOOO STEELERS!!!)
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To: trubluolyguy

"rump rangers "
Brokeback Chlamydia?


5 posted on 02/07/2006 10:15:37 AM PST by DM1
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To: Abathar
Let's see, what color ribbon can be used for this diseas, along with "Advocate, Educate, Eradicate". It's done so well with preventing AIDS. /sarc

How about White, with "Abstain. Abstain. Abstain."? Nah, not poetic enough.

6 posted on 02/07/2006 10:17:48 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: DM1

What about Mighty Morphin Rump Rangers?


7 posted on 02/07/2006 10:18:41 AM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: trubluolyguy

Yeah, I didn't think many on this board will worry about getting it, but at least it serves as a reminder of all the creepy little nasties that are just waiting to be caught by stupid people.


8 posted on 02/07/2006 10:19:02 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: Abathar

Fudge packer's dilemma?


9 posted on 02/07/2006 10:19:43 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: DM1

Only modern day cowboys need worry about this.


10 posted on 02/07/2006 10:19:53 AM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: MineralMan

Don't count on it.

Their filthy habits led to the spread of AIDS into the general population of normal people. I wouldn't be surprised if this winds up there too.

Just another indictment of a filthy, abnormal, unnatural and depraved vise.


11 posted on 02/07/2006 10:20:22 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: RockinRight
or Promiscuous Prairie Fairies?
12 posted on 02/07/2006 10:20:43 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: Abathar

Or their supporting band, Ben Dover and the Butt Pirates!


13 posted on 02/07/2006 10:21:23 AM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: Abathar

Chlamydia rotucocoff has been around for quite a while as well


14 posted on 02/07/2006 10:21:49 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: Abathar
"...the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their own error."

Prophetic words confirmed once again.

15 posted on 02/07/2006 10:22:28 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: NRA1995
Then there's THIS way. ;)


16 posted on 02/07/2006 10:22:55 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: Abathar; Owl_Eagle; Sam's Army; Lazamataz; Darksheare; pissant; Dashing Dasher; najida; ...

Serious stuff, but funny replies, PING!!!


17 posted on 02/07/2006 10:24:02 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: ZULU
This is a filthy vise. Perhaps you had something else in mind:


18 posted on 02/07/2006 10:24:18 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

And yet........despite the fears......I'm strangely not concerned.


19 posted on 02/07/2006 10:25:57 AM PST by Millee (I've got FRiends in low places..)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K; DBeers

One for the list. E-Z disease not to catch.


20 posted on 02/07/2006 10:26:10 AM PST by little jeremiah
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To: Abathar

More reasons to feel good about both marriage and celibacy


21 posted on 02/07/2006 10:26:13 AM PST by Mount Athos
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To: Millee

I knew you did not have to worry. I just thought you would like to laugh at the replies.....


22 posted on 02/07/2006 10:27:46 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: trubluolyguy

Lookin' for love in all the wrong places...


23 posted on 02/07/2006 10:27:55 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: All

"A particularly bad strain of chlamydia not usually seen in this country appears to be slowly spreading among gay and bisexual men"

Whew! Stopped reading there.


24 posted on 02/07/2006 10:28:45 AM PST by CygnusXI (Where's that dang Meteor already?)
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To: Mount Athos
The first cases began here.


25 posted on 02/07/2006 10:29:38 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Abathar
Here is some good advice (to everyone):

1 Corinthians 6

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.

19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

26 posted on 02/07/2006 10:29:51 AM PST by A. Patriot
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To: Abathar

I think a prescription for Noasholatol will prevent this and many other STD's.


27 posted on 02/07/2006 10:29:52 AM PST by IamConservative (Who does not trust a man of principle? A man who has none.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick
Oh I have been! These threads always bring out the comedian's!
28 posted on 02/07/2006 10:30:42 AM PST by Millee (I've got FRiends in low places..)
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To: USS Alaska

I just noticed that bj closes his eyes when kissing.


29 posted on 02/07/2006 10:30:51 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: MineralMan

we can spend billions and even trillions curing one STD, only to have another one pop up. can't stop mother nature.


30 posted on 02/07/2006 10:31:26 AM PST by iPod Shuffle
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To: IamConservative
I was thinking of about 4 tablespoons of Saltpeter daily, that would definitely slow the "spread" some.
31 posted on 02/07/2006 10:32:10 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: Abathar

You reap what you sow.


32 posted on 02/07/2006 10:32:26 AM PST by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: USS Alaska
"I just noticed that bj closes his eyes when kissing."

Wouldn't you if you had to kiss Kerry or Hitlery?

33 posted on 02/07/2006 10:33:20 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: iPod Shuffle

"we can spend billions and even trillions curing one STD, only to have another one pop up. can't stop mother nature."

Yes, and I won't get any of them. It's easy. Just be in a monogamous relationship with your wife or husband. There are lots and lots of STDs out there. I've never had any of them, and never plan to have one.


34 posted on 02/07/2006 10:34:07 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: USS Alaska

I always close my eyes when men kiss.Its a gag reflux thing.


35 posted on 02/07/2006 10:34:43 AM PST by xarmydog
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To: MineralMan
Sounds darned nasty. I'm glad I'll never get it.

Stay out of jail then. ;)

36 posted on 02/07/2006 10:35:58 AM PST by tioga (Where is spring???)
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To: Abathar
Called LGV chlamydia...

"Likely Gay Virus"

37 posted on 02/07/2006 10:36:08 AM PST by HolgerDansk ("Oh Bother", said Pooh, as he worked the bolt.)
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To: tioga

"Stay out of jail then. ;)"

Not to worry. I've never even had a traffic ticket. These days, I live a pretty calm, sedate life. No jail for me.


38 posted on 02/07/2006 10:37:08 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

ewww ewwww ewwwww


39 posted on 02/07/2006 10:38:36 AM PST by null and void (If the Muslim world can be brought to its knees by 12 cartoons, let's give them a whole comic book!)
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To: Abathar
LGV is neither rare nor hard to diagnose.

Other than that, spot on!

40 posted on 02/07/2006 10:39:46 AM PST by Jim Noble (And you know what I'm talkin' 'bout!)
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To: MineralMan
I'm glad I'll never get it.

... until you need a blood transfusion. The filthy b@stards will probably manage to get it into the blood supply the same way they did with AIDS.

41 posted on 02/07/2006 10:39:46 AM PST by RebelBanker (If you can't do something smart, do something right.)
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To: Abathar

I bet if homosexuals contracted a disease that caused their genitals to rot and fall off there'd be a whole lot less deviant sexual behavior going on.


42 posted on 02/07/2006 10:40:20 AM PST by Rebelbase (President Bush is a Texas jackass when it comes to Border security .)
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To: iPod Shuffle
we can spend billions and even trillions curing one STD, only to have another one pop up. can't stop mother nature.

You can't stop her but if you use the proper protection, she won't be able to hit you with an ashtray.


43 posted on 02/07/2006 10:40:28 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Abathar
Why is sodomy just a preference? /rhetorical question
44 posted on 02/07/2006 10:41:41 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: null and void

LOL, sorry for grossing you out!!


45 posted on 02/07/2006 10:42:17 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

YIKES>

And the song that comes to mind?
"If you've only been with me, why does it hurt when I.."


46 posted on 02/07/2006 10:43:30 AM PST by Darksheare (Aim low! They got knees!)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

'sok, I know that wasn't your intent.

[and your comment was spot on!]


47 posted on 02/07/2006 10:44:53 AM PST by null and void (If the Muslim world can be brought to its knees by 12 cartoons, let's give them a whole comic book!)
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To: null and void

Thanks!


48 posted on 02/07/2006 10:46:35 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: MineralMan
Sounds darned nasty. I'm glad I'll never get it.

Hope not. I wouldn't wish plain old Chlamydia on anybody. That sh*t is no fun. I can only imagine what the "new and improved" Chlamydia is like!

These "bisexuals" really tick me off. They're out there catching these lovely new diseases from having unprotected gay sex and then they turn around and give these diseases to their unsuspecting wives and girlfriends! At least the staunchly gay keep it within their subgroup.

49 posted on 02/07/2006 10:47:13 AM PST by Drew68
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To: ZULU; MineralMan

I have one of these.

It's pastel pink and blue.

50 posted on 02/07/2006 11:06:22 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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