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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 Dec 02, 2017. 5 comments

It's Still Taking Too Long For Americans With HIV to Get Diagnosed

It's Still Taking Too Long For Americans With HIV to Get Diagnosed

A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control shows that, while detection rates are improving, a surprising number of Americans live with HIV for a protracted period of time before it gets diagnosed—including patients who’ve visited their doctor.

In 2015, the average time it took a person in the US to get a diagnosis after contracting an HIV infection was about three years, according...

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Diane Kelly Diane Kelly Sep 06, 2017. 5 comments

Turns Out the Ebola Virus Can Be Sexually Transmitted

Turns Out the Ebola Virus <i>Can</i> Be Sexually Transmitted

The Ebola virus only spreads through direct contact with a sick person’s body fluids. including blood, saliva, sweat, vomit, urine, feces, breast milk, and semen. It’s the last one that has doctors concerned: it’s likely that for one Liberian woman, Ebola was a sexually-transmitted disease.

The woman came down with the virus after she had unprotected sex with a man who had recovered from the...

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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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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 31, 2017. 7 comments

Ebola Survivors Are Being Urged To Abstain From Sex

Ebola Survivors Are Being Urged To Abstain From Sex

Until scientists learn more about the virus and how long it stays in the body, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking Ebola survivors to either abstain from sex or use condoms 100% of the time.

The CDC revised its guidelines on Ebola transmission on Sunday night. Prior to yesterday’s revision, the CDC had urged survivors to abstain for three months following their...

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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 22, 2017. 5 comments

CDC Confirms Zika in Nine US Pregnancies

CDC Confirms Zika in Nine US Pregnancies

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed Zika infections in nine pregnant women in the United States, all of whom contracted the virus while traveling. Three babies have already been born—one with a brain defect.

Earlier today, the CDC said that of the nine cases of US pregnant travelers infected with Zika, one delivered a child with birth defects, though the exact...

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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 19, 2017. 20 comments

US Reports First Case of Sexually Transmitted Zika in Texas

US Reports First Case of Sexually Transmitted Zika in Texas

Health officials in Dallas have confirmed a case of the Zika virus being spread through sexual contact. The unidentified patient had sexual contact with a person who recently returned from a country where Zika infections are currently being reported.

In most cases, Zika is transmitted by mosquitoes . But during a field study in 2009, a team of medical researchers discovered the virus can also...

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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 18, 2017. 21 comments

Freezing Your Sperm For the Olympics Is a Silly Thing to Do

Freezing Your Sperm For the Olympics Is a Silly Thing to Do

In preparation for the upcoming Olympics in Brazil, a British long jump champion is planning to freeze his sperm just in case he contracts Zika. It’s meant as a precaution to prevent any future children from developing birth defects, but in reality it’s a complete overreaction based on unfounded fears.

Writing in Standard Issue Magazine, Susie Verrill, explains why she’s not flying to Rio...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 17, 2017. 9 comments

CDC Investigating 14 Possible Cases of Sexually Transmitted Zika—Including Pregnant Women

CDC Investigating 14 Possible Cases of Sexually Transmitted Zika—Including Pregnant Women

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating over a dozen new cases of possible sexual transmission of the Zika virus, including several involving pregnant women.

In two of the suspected cases, Zika was found in women who contracted the virus through sexual contact with male partners who recently returned from areas in which Zika virus is being transmitted by mosquitoes....

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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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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 17, 2017. 6 comments

The CDC Will Pay You For Zika-Infected Semen

The CDC Will Pay You For Zika-Infected Semen

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is collecting semen from hundreds of Zika-infected men to figure out how long the sexually transmitted virus lingers in the body.

Zika is primarily transmitted by infected mosquitoes, but it can also spread through sexual contact. Virus particles remain in the body even after symptoms have disappeared, but scientists aren’t entirely sure how long...

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