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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 Nov 09, 2018. 9 comments

You Know About Flu Season, but Did You Know About Gonorrhea Season?

You Know About Flu Season, but Did You Know About Gonorrhea Season?

Like clockwork, the influenza virus rears its ugly head every winter and makes our lives miserable. But the flu isn’t the only germ that likes a particular time of year, according to a new paper published this week in PLOS Pathogens. Seemingly every infectious disease, including polio, gonorrhea, and even HIV, is seasonal, though not always for the same reasons.

In recent years, author Micaela...

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Diane Kelly Diane Kelly May 22, 2018. 1 comments

Venereal Disease and Self-Experimentation Should Not Go Together

Venereal Disease and Self-Experimentation Should Not Go Together

Early scientists were not at all shy about experimenting on themselves. Isaac Newton stuck a needle into his own eye socket. Robert Hooke shoved his arm into a vacuum chamber. And in the first episode of Sacrificed from Fusion, we learn what 18th century physician John Hunter thought was an effective way to investigate gonorrhea and syphilis.

In short, he infected himself with pus...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Apr 19, 2018. 12 comments

Super Gonorrhea Is Spreading, With Two New Cases Found in Australia

Super Gonorrhea Is Spreading, With Two New Cases Found in Australia

Last month, UK health officials reported the world’s first documented case of highly drug-resistant gonorrhea. Now there are two more cases of this so-called super gonorrhea in Australia.

On Tuesday, Brendan Murphy, the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer of Australia’s Department of Health, acknowledged the cases. One patient was diagnosed in Western Australia, while the other was found in...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Mar 31, 2018. 12 comments

The Era of Super Gonorrhea Is Here

The Era of Super Gonorrhea Is Here

A dreaded superbug nightmare has become reality. A UK man is believed to have the first confirmed case of gonorrhea highly resistant to the only two front-line drugs available against it.

On Thursday, Public Health England announced that its lab had detected the case. The anonymous patient is a heterosexual man who visited a doctor in England some time earlier this year.

Following his...

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Alissa Walker Alissa Walker Oct 06, 2017. 15 comments

Canada Blames 'Social Media' for Gonorrhea Epidemic

Canada Blames 'Social Media' for Gonorrhea Epidemic

If these numbers are to be believed, the residents of Alberta are swimming in sexually transmitted diseases. Last year, the Canadian province saw an 80 percent increase in cases of gonorrhea. What to blame? According to the government, “social media.”

No doubt that these stats are troubling. According to the Edmonton Journal, the province reported 82 gonorrhea cases per every 100,000 Albertans...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Sep 04, 2017. 22 comments

Our Last Line of Defense Against Gonorrhea Is Failing

Our Last Line of Defense Against Gonorrhea Is Failing

Health officials in the US have identified a cluster of gonorrhea infections that exhibited unusual resistance against the last two main antibiotics known to work against the dreaded sexually transmitted disease.

Health officials reported the findings today at the 2016 STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta. It’s yet another disturbing reminder that our antibiotics are increasingly losing their...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Aug 25, 2017. 10 comments

The First Gonorrhea Vaccine May Be on The Horizon 

The First Gonorrhea Vaccine May Be on The Horizon 

Vaccines are one of the most important advances in the history of medicine. They’ve helped humankind more or less eliminate smallpox, and kicked measles out of the Americas with the exception of folks who’ve decided to believe a retracted, manipulated, widely-criticized study of twelve children. Vaccines are good.

Gonorrhea, on the other hand, is bad. Sexually transmitted disease cases are on...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 18, 2017. 20 comments

Experts Sound the Alarm as Drug Resistant Gonorrhea Goes Global

Experts Sound the Alarm as Drug Resistant Gonorrhea Goes Global

Describing it as a “serious situation,” the World Health Organization has issued a grim warning about the dramatic rise of antibiotic resistant gonorrhea around the world. The agency is now calling for the quick development of drugs to treat the sexually transmitted disease.

Data collected from nearly 80 countries shows that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhea much tougher, and at times...

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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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