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STDs in US Are 'Out of Control'

New cases hit record high for second year in a row

(Newser) - "STDs are out of control." So says the director of a coalition of state and local health departments aiming to prevent STDs after an alarming report from the CDC. It reveals the US saw a record number of new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis for the second... More »

They Were Injected With STDs. Now They Want Justice

Federal judge gives go-ahead for $1B lawsuit on 'Guatemala Experiment'

(Newser) - Nearly 850 victims and relatives are celebrating a "significant win" after a Baltimore federal judge allowed attorneys to proceed with a $1 billion lawsuit (initially dismissed last year) against Johns Hopkins University and others involving a 1940s offshore disease test. The Baltimore Sun reports on the "Guatemala Experiment,... More »

Gonorrhea Vaccine Possibly Found—by Accident

Meningitis vaccine offers gonorrhea protection: study

(Newser) - The World Health Organization commented Friday on gonorrhea's increasing resistance to antibiotics, noting the STD now afflicts 78 million people each year, including patients whose cases "are untreatable by all known antibiotics." It's good timing, then, for what appears to be the first ever vaccine to... More »

Victims of Horrific 1940s Study Still Wait in Pain

Slate describes their fight to get compensation

(Newser) - In 2010, Hillary Clinton was among those to apologize on behalf of the US for horrific medical experiments that government researchers performed on Guatemalans in the 1940s. More than 1,000 were infected with STDs without their consent and at least 83 died as researchers sought to prevent illness in... More »

Mouthwash Shows Promise in Preventing Gonorrhea

But don't throw out the condoms just yet

(Newser) - Listerine claimed way back in 1879 that its mouthwash could "cure" gonorrhea, Live Science reports. Now a new study published Tuesday in Sexually Transmitted Infections gives credence to that claim. Or at least that's what the overly excitable media would have you believe. "A good gargle before... More »

100-Year-Old Antiseptic Could Battle Viruses and Superbugs

It does double duty, binding to DNA of both patients and bacteria

(Newser) - An antiseptic that German scientists invented in 1912 using coal tar has the potential to help treat and prevent both viral and bacterial infections, according to new research out of the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Australia. Acriflavine was used throughout both world wars as a shotgun approach to... More »

Gonorrhea May Beat All Known Drugs by 2021

WHO makes changes to recommended treatments

(Newser) - The WHO is changing up its policy for battling gonorrhea for the first time in more than a decade as antibiotic-resistant strains continue to spread worldwide . The organization now recommends that doctors give up using the class of antibiotics known as quinolones and instead prescribe another class called cephalosporins, reports... More »

'Super Gonorrhea' May Go Global, Become Untreatable

Cases are skyrocketing in UK, causing 'huge concern' drugs could stop working altogether

(Newser) - Last year's emergence of so-called "super gonorrhea" in Leeds hasn't ended in the UK city. The STD is now popping up in new British cities including London, and doctors are worried it may spread faster just as it becomes untreatable. Because the STD is so good at... More »

STD Spike Is 'Alarming': CDC

Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are all on the rise

(Newser) - For the first time in nearly a decade, three of the most well-known sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise—and CDC experts are calling the increase "alarming," NBC News reports. In the agency's latest findings , there were nearly 20,000 syphilis cases in 2014 (a 15%... More »

Tinder Doesn't Appreciate Billboards Linking It to STDs

Dating app wants AIDS Healthcare Foundation billboards taken down

(Newser) - Information on how to get free testing for diseases—great, right? Unless, perhaps, you're a dating app that's being linked to STDs. Tinder and Grindr aren't pleased with new AIDS Healthcare Foundation signage that's gone up around Los Angeles, showing not only where people can get... More »

Syphilis Soars 79% in RI Thanks to ... Social Media

State officials say hookup apps are partly behind uptick in STD cases

(Newser) - Sexually transmitted diseases are staging a comeback in Rhode Island—with syphilis leading the pack, the state Department of Health reports. While HIV is up 33% from 2013 to 2014 and gonorrhea is up 30%, syphilis skyrocketed a whopping 79%. Why the sudden uptick? Officials cite better testing, but add... More »

Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Will Likely Spread: Researchers

Release more details on Australia strain, predict it will soon be 'widespread'

(Newser) - As the threat of antibiotic resistance grows, researchers have come upon a new strain of gonorrhea—and it doesn't respond to the typical treatments, LiveScience reports. The strain was revealed earlier this year , and now researchers are offering a clearer picture: A European woman traveling in Australia tested positive... More »

Prove You're STD-Free? There's an App for That

Healthvana lets you quickly share sexual history with partners via smartphone

(Newser) - You're dating, things are going great—and then comes that awkward moment when your partner casually inquires, "So, hey, um … got any STDs?" Well, next time that happens, you can verbally relay your sexual history or you can whip out your smartphone and call up Healthvana, a... More »

Gonorrhea 'Superbug' Hits Australia

Expert warns of 'major public health concern'

(Newser) - Australia has encountered the most drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea the country has ever seen. The disease, detected in a central European tourist who reportedly contracted it in Sydney, is being called a "sex superbug" by the UK's Independent . While clinics in Australia and New Zealand are boosting their... More »

'Incurable' Gonorrhea Hits North America

9 cases of drug-resistant STD reported in Canada

(Newser) - There's a new reason to stock up on condoms. An "incurable" (or at least, antibiotic-resistant) strain of gonorrhea has made its way across the pond to North America, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. At least nine Canadian patients have failed... More »

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea on the Rise

Syphilis rate remains the same

(Newser) - Both chlamydia and gonorrhea are growing more prevalent in the US—especially among young people and gay and bisexual men, a CDC report finds. The agency reports 1.4 million chlamydia infections in 2011, with 457.6 cases per 100,000 people, up 8% from 423.6 per 100,000... More »

CDC Gives Grim STD Warning

Changes treatment guidelines to ward off gonorrhea superbug

(Newser) - It might be time to stock up on condoms. The CDC released new guidelines for doctors today urging them to change the way they treat gonorrhea, a disease that is quickly becoming resistant to antibiotics . Doctors say nearly every drug once used to treat the STD, from penicillin onward, is... More »

Gonorrhea Becoming 'Incurable'

STD mutating so fast that antibiotics can't keep up

(Newser) - The clap is mutating so quickly that there is a real danger that it will become incurable unless new treatments are developed, British doctors warn. The bacterium that causes gonorrhea—the second most common STD in the US—is remarkably adaptable and has proven resistant to the primary drug used... More »

US Infected Thousands of Guatemalans With STDs

Earlier reports said hundreds were victims

(Newser) - Earlier reports said hundreds of Guatemalans were victims of horrifying US experiments involving STDs; in fact, the number of people infected during the 1940s study may be closer to 2,500 , Guatemalan medical authorities say. A US report this week said that around 1,300 were deliberately infected with STDs... More »

First Drug-Resistant Strain of Gonorrhea Discovered

'Superbug' could spread globally within decades

(Newser) - A "superbug" strain of gonorrhea, the first ever to resist all currently recommended treatments, has been discovered in Japan. The strain, called H041, could quickly spread around the globe, scientists warn. While gonorrhea was once an easily treated STD, it has shown a "remarkable capacity" to develop drug... More »

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