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Craigslist Personals Drive HIV Spike

A decade of research shows a 16% jump in transmissions when Craigslist arrives

(Newser) - Those "personals" ads on Craigslist are bringing more than hot dates to a neighborhood near you. When Craigslist enters a new market, the rate of reported HIV cases in the area jumps 16%, according to new research out of the University of Minnesota and published in the journal MIS ... 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 »

Is Prostate Cancer an STD?

Researchers link it to infection

(Newser) - Prostate cancer may be tied to an infection transmitted during sex, researchers report. They call for more investigation into the possibility that the cancer could be associated with trichomoniasis, the world's most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection. Trichomoniasis affects some 275 million people, the BBC reports, and many have... More »

Syphilis Makes Big Comeback

Cases nearly double in recent years, especially among men

(Newser) - Syphilis cases are rising sharply in the US, especially among gay and bisexual men, reports the CDC . The highest rates were among black men, but white and Hispanic men also saw noticeable increases, reports Reuters . From 2005 to 2013, the number of syphilis cases nearly doubled from 8,724 to... More »

America Mired in 'Severe Epidemic' of Chlamydia, HPV

Top 8 STIs running rampant, CDC finds

(Newser) - Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate, the CDC got you a romantic little pair of studies that declare America to be in the midst of "an ongoing, severe STI epidemic." With 20 million new infections in 2008 (the most recent year studied in the reports) and 110 million... 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 »

9 Cases of Syphilis So Far in LA Porn Outbreak

And that number 'will grow,' says health official

(Newser) - Nine cases of syphilis have been uncovered among LA porn performers so far, after the industry shut down production when it learned an actor had been secretly harboring an infection . Five cases were reported last week, which spurred a porn trade group to call for the shutdown; now four more... 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 »

STDs: Open Relationships Safer Than Cheating

Sneaky hookups involve more booze and fewer condoms, says study

(Newser) - A cheating lover is more likely to pick up and spread an STD than a person in an open relationship, according to a new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The reason may be connected to drugs and booze, which are used 64% more in unfaithful hookups. This correlates... More »

Gonorrhea Grows Resistant to Drugs as Cases Rise

World Health Organization says it could be untreatable soon

(Newser) - A sexually transmitted disease that infects millions of people each year is growing resistant to drugs and could soon become untreatable, says the World Health Organization. The UN health agency is urging governments and doctors to step up surveillance of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, a bacterial infection that can cause inflammation, infertility,... More »

Woman Wins $900K From Guy Who Gave Her Herpes

Jurors say he had a responsibility to tell her

(Newser) - Reason to wear a condom No. 437: Giving someone an STD can be really expensive. A 49-year-old Oregon woman won a lawsuit last week against the 69-year-old man she says gave her genital herpes on their fourth date, the Oregonian reports. The jury awarded her $900,000, almost the entire... 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 »

California Bans Carrying Guns Openly in Public

Frequent sight of guns was scaring people: police

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill banning the open carrying of handguns in public, he announced today. Police had opposed existing rules allowing Californians to carry unloaded guns openly, saying the practice scared onlookers, Politico reports. "As law enforcement officials tell me, it’s not safe and... 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 »

US Airs Horrific Details of Guatemalan STD Studies

Researchers knew study was unethical

(Newser) - When US government researchers conducted STD studies on Indiana prisoners in 1943-1944, they asked for volunteers and told them they'd be infected. When they experimented on Guatemalans a few years later, they were not nearly so scrupulous, according to the Washington Post . Doctors brought infected prostitutes to unwitting inmates... 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 »

'Viagra Condom' Hopes to Buoy Endurance

Prophylactic contains gel to boost blood flow

(Newser) - A British biotech company has come up with a kind of protection it thinks men will be eager to use. Dubbed the “Viagra Condom,” its nickname is a bit misleading: It’s not targeted at men with erectile dysfunction. Instead, the new condom comes pre-loaded with a vasodilating... More »

STDs Soar Among Seniors

Chlamydia and syphilis rise faster than national average

(Newser) - Maybe it’s longer lives; maybe it’s Viagra. Either way, STDs are soaring among seniors—and climbing faster among older adults than within the population as a whole. Reportings of syphilis and chlamydia among those 55 and older jumped 43% between 2005 and 2009, the Orlando Sentinel finds in... More »

Porn Stars' Personal Info Leaked

Thousands of names posted on PornWikiLeaks site

(Newser) - The real and stage names of thousands of current and former porn film workers has been leaked online. The data has been posted on a WikiLeaks-style site and was apparently obtained from the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM), a California clinic that conducts lab tests for sexually transmitted diseases... More »

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