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  • WHO urges shift in STD treatment due to antibiotic resistance (Update)

    08/30/2016 1:48:55 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 27 replies
    medicalxpress ^ | August 30, 2016
    Growing resistance to antibiotics has complicated efforts to rein in common sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday as it issued new treatment guidelines. Globally, more than one million people contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or infection (STI) every day, WHO said. "Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are major public health problems worldwide, affecting millions of peoples' quality of life, causing serious illness and sometimes death," Ian Askew, head of WHO's reproductive health and research division, said in a statement.
  • ► Alzheimer's disease could be caused by herpes virus, warn experts

    03/10/2016 5:39:27 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 25 replies
    Telegraph ^ | March 9, 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by viruses like herpes, a group of renowned dementia experts have warned, as they call for urgent investigation into the link. The worldwide team of 31 senior scientists and clinicians, which include specialists from Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Manchester Universities and Imperial College, have written an editorial which suggests that microbes are the major cause of dementia. The herpes virus - the type which causes cold sores - and chlamydia bacteria are named as the major culprits, as well as a type of corkscrew-shaped bacteria called spirochaete. “There is incontrovertible evidence that Alzheimer’s Disease has...
  • 1 in 15 students have chlamydia at West Texas high school

    05/05/2015 10:32:58 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies ^ | 05/05/2015 | TYLER WHITE
    Officials with the Crane Independent School District are meeting to discuss their sex education program after nearly two dozen cases of Chlamydia were reported among the high school student body. KOSA-TV reported the Crane Independent School District sent a letter to parents last week regarding 20 cases of chlamydia among the Crane High School student population, which totals about 300 students. Those letters were sent to the parents of both senior and junior students as a precaution. The Texas Department of State Health Services notified both Crane and Upton County officials after a significant numbers of cases were identified. The...
  • Sacramento County To Offer Home STD Tests For Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

    08/27/2013 11:09:28 PM PDT · by grundle · 4 replies
    CBS News/Sacramento ^ | August 26, 2013 | Anjali Hemphill
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento County’s health department will begin distributing a take-home STD test for women that won’t cost users a penny. The city has one of the highest rates of STDs in the state, and it keeps going up every year. Now a new online program will hopefully get more people to get tested. “We definitely need all the help we can get,” said Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. The division of public health says STDs are spreading like wildfire in Sacramento, with chlamydia and gonorrhea considered an epidemic. “Many people who have STDs do not...
  • Roman-Era 'Cosmetics' May Have Treated Eye Chlamydia

    04/20/2013 7:14:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    LiveScience ^ | April 17, 2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    The tools are found across Great Britain and date back to around A.D. 43 to A.D. 410, a time when much of the island was under Roman control. They do bear resemblance to modern-day cosmetic kits, but they're also similar to tools used in folk treatments of trachoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness around the world today, said Wendy Morrison, a researcher at the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Oxford. "Trachoma is a disease which has plagued humans for millennia," Morrison told LiveScience. "We have ethnographic examples from modern Africa and historical examples from ancient India that...
  • Gays aren't "born that way" -- a lesbian says so

    09/14/2011 1:00:46 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 103 replies ^ | Sept. 14, 2011 | Bryan Fischer
    In an astonishing column published in the winger-left publication, "The Atlantic," openly "queer woman" (her words) Lindsay Miller says flatly, "In direct opposition to both the mainstream gay movement and Lady Gaga, I would like to state for the record that I was not born this way." Tellingly, she argues that saying people are "born this way" is a form of condescension, and she resents it mightily. "I get frustrated with the veiled condescension of straight people who believe that queers 'can't help it,' and thus should be treated with tolerance and pity." I've got news for Ms. Miller —...
  • Seniors' sex lives are up — and so are STD rates (Up 43% in five years!)

    04/18/2011 5:58:54 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 16, 2011 | Marni Jameson
    Across the nation, and especially in the Sunshine State, the free-love generation is continuing to enjoy an active — if not always healthy — sex life. At a stage in life when many would expect sexually transmitted diseases to be waning, seniors are noticeably ahead of the national curve. In the five years from 2005 to 2009, the number of reported cases of syphilis and chlamydia among those 55 and older increased 43 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In Central Florida, the rise is even more dramatic. Among those 55 and older, the reported cases of syphilis...
  • Young minority women screened at higher rate for chlamydia than young white women

    01/25/2011 2:48:32 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Eurekalert ^ | Monday, January 24, 2011 | Cindy Fox Aisen, IU
    A new study from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute has found that Black and especially Hispanic young women are screened for chlamydia at a significantly higher rate than young white women. This discrepancy in screening rates may contribute to nationwide reporting of higher rates of this sexually transmitted disease among minority young women... Despite a recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to annually screen all sexually active young women for this disease, only about half of sexually active women, ages 14 to 25, who receive health care, are screened appropriately. The IU and...
  • Meghan McCain: O'Donnell 'reflects badly on the movement' (McCain attacks O'Donnell, Tea Party)

    10/19/2010 3:52:20 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 81 replies
    (CNN) – Sen. John McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, wants to make one thing clear, "I am not the one running for Senate." McCain’s comments about Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell as a "nut job" while appearing on ABC's "This Week" program Sunday, immediately received harsh criticism and backlash. A response that day from the O'Donnell campaign mocked McCain for having "vast experience in politics and running for office." McCain is now firing back. The 25 year-old, whose departure from conservative orthodoxy on some issues is no secret and has put her at odds with some in the GOP base,...
  • Sex infection gonorrhea risks becoming "superbug"

    03/29/2010 5:34:24 PM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies · 718+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar. 29, 2010 | Kate Kelland
    LONDON (Reuters) – The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea risks becoming a drug-resistant "superbug" if doctors do not devise new ways of treating it, a leading sexual health expert said. Catherine Ison, a specialist on gonorrhea from Britain's Health Protection Agency said a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting in Manila next week would be vital to efforts to try to stop the bug repeatedly adapting to and overcoming drugs. "This is a very clever bacteria. If this problem isn't addressed, there is a real possibility that gonorrhea will become a very difficult infection to treat," she said in a telephone interview....
  • IU study: Screening and treating girls doesn't reduce prevalence of chlamydia in teens

    01/07/2010 11:11:53 AM PST · by decimon · 11 replies · 427+ views
    High rate of reinfectionINDIANAPOLIS – Frequent testing and treatment of infection does not reduce the prevalence of chlamydia in urban teenage girls, according to a long term study by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers published in the January 1, 2010 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Despite the fact they were screened every three months and treated when infected, the proportion of infected girls did not change over the course of the study. On entering the study, 10.9 percent of the young women were infected. After 18 months of participation, 10.6 percent were infected; 10.4 percent were infected...
  • Washington, D.C., Wins V.D. Triple Crown--Leads Nation in Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Rates

    11/17/2009 1:55:25 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 56 replies · 1,723+ views
    cns news ^ | November 17, 2009 | Pete Winn
    Washington, D.C., had the dubious distinction of beating all 50 states to post the highest rates in the nation for the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. The District of Columbia had a Chlamydia rate of 1,177 cases per 100,000 people--almost three times the rate of its neighbors, Virginia (405) and Maryland (439). Mississippi was a distant second, at 728 cases per 100,000 people. By comparison, California’s rate was 407 cases per 100,000; New York came in at 458; New Mexico...
  • Rates of chlamydia, syphilis on the rise in U.S.

    01/14/2009 7:45:10 AM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies · 1,104+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 14, 2009 | Mary Engel
    Chlamydia infections now top 1.1 million, more than ever recorded. Syphilis cases are up for the 7th year in a row. And gonorrhea is not declining as hoped. Rates of the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia are climbing in the U.S., and rates of syphilis -- once on the verge of elimination -- rose for the seventh consecutive year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday in its annual report on STDs. Gonorrhea rates did not increase, but they ceased falling a few years ago, frustrating goals set by public health leaders. Chlamydia infections in the United States now...
  • Sexually transmitted disease rates soar: CDC

    01/13/2009 12:39:05 PM PST · by shielagolden · 52 replies · 1,825+ views ^ | Tue Jan 13, 2009 | Will Dunham
    Sexually transmitted disease rates soar: CDC WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. syphilis rates rose for a seventh year in 2007, driven by gay and bisexual men, while chlamydia reached record numbers and gonorrhea remained at alarming levels -- especially among blacks, health officials said on Tuesday. Blacks make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, but account for about 70 percent of gonorrhea cases and almost half of chlamydia and syphilis cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Black women ages 15 to 19 have the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea, and gonorrhea rates for blacks overall were...
  • Sex Diseases in Many Gay Men Go Unfound, Experts Say

    03/13/2008 10:24:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies · 951+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 13, 2008 | Lawrence K. Altman
    Many cases of sexually transmitted diseases are escaping detection because gay men are not being tested each year as advised, federal health officials said Wednesday. And if the men do show up, the officials added, many doctors and clinics are not following screening recommendations. But more cases could be detected if the government approved new ways to use a type of DNA test that is already on the market, the officials and researchers said in a news conference at a scientific meeting in Chicago. They said the test, used in new ways, could detect twice as many cases of gonorrhea...
  • More than 1 million reported chlamydia cases set STD record

    11/14/2007 6:22:59 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 27 replies · 426+ views
    CNN ^ | 11/14/2007 | AP
    ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- More than 1 million cases of chlamydia were reported in the United States last year -- the most ever reported for a sexually transmitted disease, federal health officials said Tuesday. "A new U.S. record," said Dr. John M. Douglas Jr. of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More bad news: Gonorrhea rates are jumping again after hitting a record low, and an increasing number of cases are caused by a "superbug" version resistant to common antibiotics, federal officials said Tuesday. Syphilis is rising, too. The rate of congenital syphilis -- which can deform or kill...
  • Record 1 Million Cases of Chlamydia Reported in the U.S. Last Year

    11/13/2007 10:34:57 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 64 replies · 237+ views
    More than 1 million cases of chlamydia were reported in the United States last year — the most ever reported for a sexually transmitted disease, federal health officials said Tuesday. "A new U.S. record," said Dr. John M. Douglas Jr. of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More bad news: Gonorrhea rates are jumping again after hitting a record low, and an increasing number of cases are caused by a "superbug" version resistant to common antibiotics, federal officials said Tuesday. Syphilis is rising, too. The rate of congenital syphilis — which can deform or kill babies — rose for...
  • Online Video: Noted Endocrinologist Dispels the Myth of Health Benefits of the Pill - Part 2

    08/11/2007 8:56:07 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 22 replies · 661+ views ^ | August 9, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    Online Video: Noted Endocrinologist Dispels the Myth of Health Benefits of the Pill - Part 2 By Elizabeth O'BrienOTTAWA, August 9, 2007 ( - The lecture of noted endocrinologist Dr. Maria Kraw, speaking at the Humanae Vitae Conference "A New Beginning" last year, described the serious medical risks involved in taking hormonal birth control. It also debunked the common myths of the so-called "health benefits" of the pill. She began by noting that one of the major risks of taking hormonal contraceptives is an increased risk of cancer. Looking at 54 studies of the pill, she observed that researchers found...
  • A special message from the Department of Troll Control, come and get it!

    01/12/2006 8:39:35 AM PST · by dhls · 6,335 replies · 37,707+ views
    Department of Troll Control | Another Ignorant Troll
    Fellow Americans, there comes a time every mans life when we must give up ourselves before we are worthy to recieve. There comes a time in this war on terror when in order to protect liberty, we have to give it up in the mean time for safty. That's right folks. Today, Americans have forsaken the creator for the creation and have decided that they would value our "civil liberties" than protecting western civilization and rich white people from the tender mercies of radical Islamic terrorists. Selfish liberals insist and whine that Bush has no right to spy on Americans...
  • Rare Chlamydia Strain Infecting Gay Men

    02/06/2006 2:55:11 PM PST · by DBeers · 128 replies · 3,152+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 6, 2006 | Lauran Neergaard
    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...
  • Media (Star) Cindy Sheehan Targets Barbara Bush with Houston Protest

    12/29/2005 10:17:55 AM PST · by kristinn · 123 replies · 3,195+ views
    Thursday, December 29, 2005 | Kristinn
    Anti-American media (hero) Cindy Sheehan is taking her fixation with President Bush to new depths with her announcement that she will hold a President's Day protest in Houston outside the private residence of the parents of President Bush, targeting his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush.Sheehan gave this description of her upcoming media (stunt):For the love of God, can't you make him stop? Recently, it was revealed that George only interacts with four people: Laura, Condi, Karen Hughes and his mom. His mom, the Ice Queen who didn't want her "pretty mind" burdened with the images of flag draped coffins...

    12/27/2005 10:42:05 AM PST · by proud republican woman · 569 replies · 16,623+ views
    Freeper | December 27, 2005 | Proud Republican Woman, zotted by Archpriestess Helga, Church of the Viking Kittens
    After reading all of the crap that people have been saying regarding Adult Private Social Clubs, I felt that I had to post an article and give my opinion. I am sick and tired of all the religous groups that are saying that there are drugs, prostitution, minors, non-consenting people, and just immoral people at these clubs! First of all, who do these people think they are to decide what is morally right or wrong for me? I believe that I have a good set of morals. I am a law abiding, tax paying citizen, I work full time and...
  • Pro-Family Leaders: STD Facts Belie Condom Crowd's Safe-Sex Rhetoric

    11/11/2005 7:06:50 PM PST · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 578+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 11/11/05 | Mary Rettig and Jenni Parker
    (AgapePress) - The director of the Culture and Family Institute says the rise in a couple of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is proof that so-called "safe sex" does not work to prevent the spread of venereal diseases. Federal health officials say syphilis and chlamydia infection rates are on the rise. The federal experts say part of the reason for the rise in syphilis cases -- 81 percent since 2000 -- is the cyclical nature of the disease. However, they also attribute the increase to a reported rise in risky sex among homosexual men. The report from the Centers for Disease...
  • Britain in sexual health 'crisis'

    10/13/2005 5:26:53 PM PDT · by NCjim · 11 replies · 723+ views
    BBC ^ | October 13, 2005
    A quarter of UK sex health clinics cannot treat patients needing urgent help within the recommended 48 hours, the BBC's Panorama programme has found. The programme contacted 269 clinics and found that, in some cases, patients could wait weeks to be seen. Waiting times have grown so much that one clinic was taking bookings nine weeks in advance. The Department of Health said more needed to be done, and it was investing £300m over the next three years. One of the most senior sexual health clinicians in the country, Professor George Kinghorn, told Panorama that the situation amounted to a...
  • Penguins' pal flies the coop at S.F. Zoo

    06/10/2005 10:10:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 341+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/10/5 | Patricia Yollin
    Founder of the animal sex tour quits after clash over birds' care. Jane Tollini, the world's most famous penguin keeper and creator of the popular Valentine's Day animal sex tour, has left the San Francisco Zoo. In a decision that no one seems happy about, Tollini decided to quit because she couldn't stand seeing her flock suffer during a recent deadly outbreak of chlamydia and didn't agree with a veterinarian's course of treatment. "I'm going through withdrawal and separation anxiety," Tollini said. "I'm practically lactating." Over two decades, she turned a wayward bunch of Magellanic penguins into the most...
  • 2 Cases of Rare Sex Disease Are Diagnosed in New York

    02/02/2005 9:13:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 54 replies · 1,843+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 3, 2005 | MARC SANTORA
    A rare sexually transmitted disease never before confirmed in laboratory tests in New York City has been diagnosed in two men, leading health officials to remind the public about practicing safe sex and to encourage doctors to be on the lookout for signs of the disease. The cases are among the first reported in the United States and match a strain of the disease that only began to surface in Europe in recent years. The disease, lymphogranuloma venereum, known as LGV, is a rare form of chlamydia that can cause acute illness, lifelong disability and disfigurement as well as fuel...
  • Rare Sexually Transmitted Disease Strikes 2 in N.Y. (Warning - somewhat graphic)

    02/02/2005 5:11:54 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 83 replies · 3,817+ views
    reuters ^ | 2-2-05
    Rare Sexually Transmitted Disease Strikes 2 in N.Y. Wed Feb 2, 5:06 PM ET Health - Reuters NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two New Yorkers have been diagnosed with a rare sexually transmitted disease that is spreading among gay and bisexual men in Europe, the city health commissioner said on Wednesday. The disease, known as LGV or Lymphogranuloma venereum, is caused by specific strains of chlamydia and is often marked by painful, bloody rectal infection and genital ulcers. "LGV is a serious condition and its emergence in New York City reflects continuing high levels of unsafe sexual activity among men who...

    11/30/2004 8:21:37 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 28 replies · 1,168+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 30, 2004
    November 30, 2004 -- The number of sexually transmitted chlamydia infections reported in the United States rose more than 5 percent last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday. Total cases of the disease numbered 877,478 in 2003, compared to 834,555 cases in 2002.
  • Gonnorhea Rate in Louisiana Worst in United States

    12/30/2003 5:16:19 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 34 replies · 1,096+ views
    Monroe, LA, News-Star ^ | 12-30-03 | Not given
    <p>NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana has the nation's worst gonorrhea rate and is in the top 10 for two other sexually transmitted diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p> <p>2002 was the second year in a row that Louisiana has had more cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 residents than any other - and the fifth in a row that it has been among the five worst for both gonorrhea and chlamydia.</p>

    03/18/2003 10:12:00 AM PST · by Mother Abigail · 293 replies · 898+ views
    PROMED ^ | 03-18-03
    Paramyxovirus-like particles identified by electron microscopy Numerous tests have been performed on the 3 patients admitted on Saturday 15 March to the Isolation Unit at Frankfurt am Main with suspected severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Tests from respiratory specimens for influenza A and B virus, respiratory syncytial virus, enteroviruses, _Mycoplasma pneumoniae_ and _Chlamydia_ spp. by antigen enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and/or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were all negative; antibody tests for dengue, influenza A and B, measles, hantaviruses, _Mycoplasma pneumoniae_ and _Chlamydia_ spp. were likewise negative or unremarkable so far; further test results are pending. Particles morphologically resembling paramyxoviruses...
  • SARS a combination of bacteria and virus

    04/04/2003 11:34:12 AM PST · by gas_dr · 26 replies · 572+ views
    CNN website ^ | 4/4/2003 | CNN
    <p>HONG KONG, China (CNN) -- A common sexually transmitted disease appears to have teamed up with a virus to cause the deadly form of pneumonia known as SARS, at least in the cases in China, a World Health Organization spokesman said Friday.</p>
  • MAINLAND CHINA: Chlamydia arrowed as culprit [SARS]

    04/05/2003 4:08:17 PM PST · by Lessismore · 16 replies · 3,063+ views
    Straits Times ^ | 2003-04-06 | By Jason Leow
    BEIJING - Chinese experts believe a chlamydia-like organism could be the 'prime culprit' of Sars, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) says only further research can prove chlamydia is responsible for the contagion. The China Daily yesterday quoted doctors from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as saying they had traced airborne chlamydia - a virus usually contracted through sexual contact - in the bodies of five Sars victims. Chlamydia 'can be basically confirmed as the prime culprit of the disease', CDC director Li Liming said. Experts abroad believe the main cause is a new strain of...
  • Exclusive SARS Report: Six Degrees of SARS: Of Politics, Greed, and Plagues

    04/11/2003 1:28:41 PM PDT · by mrustow · 82 replies · 526+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | 11 April 2003 | Nicholas Stix
    It's time I went to my favorite shopping district, Manhattan's Chinatown, and picked up some "donta" (Chinese egg custard), fresh seafood, and roast duck for my family. But going there could potentially kill us all. Since I don't live in China, Hanoi, Toronto or Singapore, I may sound paranoid. And yet, I'll take that chance. The majority of Chinatown's inhabitants hail from China's Guangdong Province, which is Ground Zero for "SARS" – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, often erroneously described as "pneumonia" or "atypical pneumonia." Illegal Chinese immigrants constantly arrive in Chinatown, largely from Guangdong Province. People also constantly travel...
  • China: SARS May Be Linked to Chlamydia-Like Agent

    04/05/2003 6:13:51 AM PST · by syriacus · 45 replies · 1,880+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2003
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's center for disease control said on Friday it suspects a chlamydia-like agent caused an outbreak of a flu-like virus that has killed 82 people and infected over 2,400 worldwide. "We're 80 percent sure," Hong Tao, a researcher with the Institute of Virology under the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told a news conference. The center studied samples of victims' lungs, livers, kidneys and other organs which showed a chlamydia-like agent appeared to have caused the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Hong said.
  • Philly offers students free STD tests

    12/03/2002 6:12:50 AM PST · by A2J · 8 replies · 521+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/3/02 | CNN
    <p>PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- The city's public high school students will be offered free screenings and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases after tests showed girls at two schools were twice as likely as other Philadelphia teens to have chlamydia.</p> <p>The voluntary, confidential testing is part of a citywide health department plan to cut the rate of sexually transmitted diseases in teens.</p>