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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 09, 2019. 12 comments

STDs in America Hit Another Record High in 2018

STDs in America Hit Another Record High in 2018

It’s been a banner half-decade for sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S., according to a new report out Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2018 saw yet another record high for STDs in the country, with reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis climbing for the fifth straight year.

The report’s findings, as even the CDC admits, are an imperfect measure...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 14, 2019. 8 comments

A Chlamydia Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Human Trial

A Chlamydia Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Human Trial

A vaccine for the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in the U.S.—the bacterial disease chlamydia—is now a substantial step closer to reality. On Monday, researchers reported that two of their vaccine candidates were found to be safe in a phase 1 clinical trial of 35 women. Though the trial wasn’t meant to prove their effectiveness, the vaccines also seemed to provoke an...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 22, 2017. 15 comments

To Save Koalas From Extinction, We May Have to Kill Them First

To Save Koalas From Extinction, We May Have to Kill Them First

Australia’s iconic koala—a species already threatened with extinction—is currently in the midst of a devastating chlamydia epidemic. Some scientists are now arguing that in order to save these cute marsupials from extinction, we may have to euthanize them in a massive cull.

Chlamydia is an ancient sexually transmitted disease that affects more than just human populations. As the BBC reports,...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 17, 2017. 23 comments

Rates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Reach ‘Unprecedented’ Levels in the US 

Rates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Reach ‘Unprecedented’ Levels in the US 

An alarming report put out by the Centers for Disease Control shows that the total combined cases of several sexually transmitted diseases have reached an “unprecedented” high in the United States.

Reports of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—the three most commonly reported STDs in the United States—reached new heights last year, according to CDC’s new report. Last year alone saw 1.5...

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