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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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KEYWORDS: brokebackdisease; dontputthatthere; homosexualagenda; shesgotthejack
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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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To: AFA-Michigan; AggieCPA; Agitate; AliVeritas; AllTheRage; An American In Dairyland; Annie03; ...
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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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To: martin_fierro

Yup. Vise is everywhere. I've even found clusters of vise in my local hardware store. Some were major vises, and some were small, insignificant vises.

We all have to be on the lookout for vise. It's crushing our youth.


61 posted on 02/07/2006 12:02:10 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Abathar

Turd Burglar?


62 posted on 02/07/2006 12:02:55 PM PST by Cosmo105
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To: Abathar

REAGAN'S FAULT!!


63 posted on 02/07/2006 12:22:30 PM PST by Ignatz (cyborg: "The lay teachers could not make hands of some girls.")
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To: USS Alaska

Kerry sings: "Come to me, my melon-collie baaaaaby!"


64 posted on 02/07/2006 12:26:13 PM PST by Palladin ("Governor Lynn Swann."...it has a nice ring to it!)
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To: Drew68
I've had two friends in the last couple of months catch it from oral sex only. Both said they got from bar pick-ups and that they didn't seem to be trashy women. One reason I quit going after pick-ups and started getting serious about settling down.
65 posted on 02/07/2006 12:37:15 PM PST by Redak
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To: Redak

It wasn't regular chlamydia, but may not have have been this one. Required two weeks of antibiotics as opposed to the single pill for the regular stuff.


66 posted on 02/07/2006 12:40:42 PM PST by Redak
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To: johnny7
where is that pic from??? That is flat out creepy
67 posted on 02/07/2006 1:30:17 PM PST by warsaw44
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To: warsaw44
You're the first to comment on it.

The naked guy is Ned Beatty... the movie was 'Deliverence'.

68 posted on 02/07/2006 1:35:24 PM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: Ursus arctos horribilis
Like this one?


69 posted on 02/07/2006 2:34:20 PM PST by rzeznikj at stout (This is a darkroom. Keep the door closed or you'll let all the dark out...)
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To: Abathar

Rectal ulcers? EWWWWWWW


70 posted on 02/07/2006 2:48:56 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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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

That's shocking
71 posted on 02/07/2006 2:51:10 PM PST by Vision ("There are no limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence" Ronald Reagan)
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To: rzeznikj at stout

Uh, well, not quite.


72 posted on 02/07/2006 4:18:39 PM 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: Ursus arctos horribilis
I know what you meant in the original post.

It just begged the question, that's all. :^)

73 posted on 02/07/2006 4:24:51 PM PST by rzeznikj at stout (This is a darkroom. Keep the door closed or you'll let all the dark out...)
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To: rzeznikj at stout
Ditto, caught your drift, started to answer your post with &%$@#, but realized FR does have standards. :D
74 posted on 02/07/2006 4:48:15 PM 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: Abathar
It's a little known fact that Muhammod was the first to contract this, likely from his favorite camel, "Humps".
75 posted on 02/07/2006 4:51:37 PM PST by Cementjungle
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Tsk,tsk.....The diseases feces on the penis will cause. When will the sodomites ever learn?


76 posted on 02/09/2006 3:57:52 PM PST by Ssrn53
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To: NRA1995
Cue Barney music:

I love you,
You love me,
Ho-mo-sex-u-a-li-ty

77 posted on 02/09/2006 3:59:58 PM PST by YourAdHere (Viking kitties taste like chicken.)
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To: MineralMan

It may be filthy but it does not appear to be depraved.


78 posted on 02/09/2006 4:00:48 PM PST by verity (The MSM is comprised of useless eaters)
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