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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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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 29, 2018. 7 comments

2017 Was a Record Year for STDs in America

2017 Was a Record Year for STDs in America

Sexually transmitted diseases are running rampant across the U.S., according to a new preliminary report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It found there were more than 2 million cases of the three most commonly reported STDs—syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea—in 2017, making for the highest toll ever recorded yet. The overall STD rate, meanwhile, increased...

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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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Tom McKay Tom McKay Nov 24, 2017. 22 comments

Georgia Rep. Betty Price Ponders Whether State Could Just 'Quarantine' People With HIV

Georgia Rep. Betty Price Ponders Whether State Could Just 'Quarantine' People With HIV

Georgia State Rep. Betty Price—spouse of former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who recently left his role in Donald Trump’s administration after taking a few too many taxpayer-funded charter flights—casually asked a state epidemiologist whether it would be more cost-effective to just force HIV-positive people into quarantine.

Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Price’s...

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Katharine Trendacosta Katharine Trendacosta Oct 30, 2017. 6 comments

The Crazy Backstory Behind Tinder's New STD Testing Locator

The Crazy Backstory Behind Tinder's New STD Testing Locator

In addition to love and happiness, you can now find your way to STD testing centers on Tinder. Sounds like a weird feature, right? You don’t know the half of it.

If you go to Tinder’s website, tap “support” on the top, and scroll all the way down to the bottom, click on the link that says “Health Safety,” you will, eventually, discover the STD testing center locator. That new but buried link...

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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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Diane Kelly Diane Kelly Sep 06, 2017. 6 comments

Sorry, Don't Expect STD-Sensing Color Condoms Anytime Soon

Sorry, Don't Expect STD-Sensing Color Condoms Anytime Soon

When the TeenTech Awards announced their 2015 winners last week, news outlets far and wide swooned over the concept of color-changing condoms that detected STDs proposed by three teenaged students. The idea is brilliant as it is bizarre—but don’t expect to see these in stores anytime soon.

This should not come as a surprise: The TeenTech Awards is an ideas fair. This is not the Intel Science...

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Sarah Zhang Sarah Zhang Aug 22, 2017. 17 comments

The U.S. Doctor Who Infected 1,300 Guatemalan Patients With STDs 

The U.S. Doctor Who Infected 1,300 Guatemalan Patients With STDs 

In the 1940s, a young American doctor went to Guatemala to do medical experiments. He was funded by the venerable U.S. National Institutes of Health, but he did not make anyone healthy. Instead, he deliberately exposed 1,300 people to sexually transmitted diseases.

Dr. John C. Cutler was no mad scientist. His experiments exposing prostitutes, prisoners and asylum inmates to STDs were carried...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 21, 2017. 22 comments

Vaccinations Have Reduced HPV in Teenage Girls by Nearly Two-Thirds

Vaccinations Have Reduced HPV in Teenage Girls by Nearly Two-Thirds

A decade after its introduction, the vaccine for human papillomavirus has reduced the prevalence of this cancer-causing STD in teenage girls by nearly two-thirds. It’s an incredible success story, leading experts to question why HPV vaccinations aren’t more common in the United States.

According to a new study in Pediatrics, there was a 64 percent decrease in HPV prevalence among teenage girls...

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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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Diane Kelly Diane Kelly Aug 18, 2017. 7 comments

Sex Isn't As Risky As You Think It Is

Sex Isn't As Risky As You Think It Is

People are crap at estimating risk. They’re scared of flying, for example, even though it’s far less likely that their metal sky-bird will crash and burn than their car will get crushed by a truck on the way to the airport. Combine that with a tendency to get judgey about sex, and you’ll find attitudes that can have potentially serious effects on public health.

Brian Earp reports on this...

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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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Diane Kelly Diane Kelly Aug 20, 2015. 4 comments

Men Can Get HPV, Too

Men Can Get HPV, Too

Some strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer, so you often hear about it as a ‘female’ sexually-transmitted infection. It’s not — it’s a human thing, and all humans can get infected. Here’s what happens when males get it.

Most of the people who are exposed to HPV fight off the virus, so it’s not a simple equation of ‘get infected, get cancer.’ It’s a cascade of bad...

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