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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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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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To: USS Alaska
Whoaaa! What a photo--Bubbaback Mount-twain?
51 posted on 02/07/2006 11:09:16 AM PST by meandog (For lurking Moo-slew-ems: Sahada: "That which Islam calls "Allah" is Satan and Mohammad is his pig!)
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To: Abathar

rectum? damn near killed em!


52 posted on 02/07/2006 11:20:44 AM PST by fhlh (Polls are for strippers and liberal spinsters.)
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To: Abathar
SPREADING AMONG WHO?

CAN YOU GUESS?

ITS NONE OTHER THAN "GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN".

54 posted on 02/07/2006 11:31:19 AM PST by DeaconNoGood
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To: Abathar

"She's got the Jack"


55 posted on 02/07/2006 11:35:18 AM PST by Dan from Michigan ("What does a guy have to do to get fired around here?" - Darryl Rogers, former Lions Coach)
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To: Drew68

*At least the staunchly gay keep it within their subgroup.*

Except when one decides to deliberately spread his diseases out of spite/rage/hate/whatever and spits or throws blood at his "tormentors".......


56 posted on 02/07/2006 11:36:24 AM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Abathar

Homosexuals: The Devil's Petri Dish.


57 posted on 02/07/2006 11:37:40 AM PST by IronJack
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To: Abathar
"But patients have to know they're at risk, ......"

Doctor to gay male:

I'm going to ask you some questions to determine if your at risk for some new diseases, OK?

Have you ever been on your hands and knees for a long time?

When you were on your hands and knees were you in the room alone or with someone else?

Did you have your clothes on?

If you were naked did you feel anything behind you?

Do you remember anybody gripping the tops of your shoulders with both hands?

Yada, yada, yada......

58 posted on 02/07/2006 11:42:19 AM PST by DeaconNoGood
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59 posted on 02/07/2006 11:47:50 AM PST by DBeers ()
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To: Abathar

More joy on Brokeback Mountain...


60 posted on 02/07/2006 11:50:29 AM PST by Palladin ("Governor Lynn Swann."...it has a nice ring to it!)
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