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Syphilis 'Has Come Roaring Back' in US

Cases in infants are at a 20-year high

(Newser) - The CDC's director of STD prevention says that "not long ago" syphilis was close to elimination. But some troubling new statistics show that a lot of ground has been lost in the fight against STDs, and it's affecting some of the most vulnerable members of society. According... More »

STDs Set New Record in US

Number of new diagnoses in 2017 beats 2016's record by more than 200K

(Newser) - A record has been set in the US, but not one to celebrate: Almost 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed last year—more than 200,000 over the record set in 2016, per the CDC in a report released Tuesday. One CDC director says there... More »

STD You May Not Have Heard of Could Be Next Superbug

Mycoplasma genitalium can develop resistance to antibiotics if not treated properly

(Newser) - A little-known sexually transmitted disease carries the potential to become the next superbug. Per the BBC , health officials in the UK have set new guidelines regarding the bacterial infection Mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, out of fear improper treatment could lead to antibiotic resistance. Huffington Post UK reports the British Association... More »

Officials Say Man Has 'Worst Ever' Case of Gonorrhea

Man's gonorrhea is resistant to main antibiotic treatment

(Newser) - Learning you have gonorrhea is bad; learning officials consider your case of gonorrhea the "worst ever" is something else entirely. The Press Association reports a man in the UK was diagnosed earlier this year with what is believed to be the first strain of gonorrhea to be resistant to... 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 »

'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 »

Study: STDs, Not Love, Are Why Humans Became Monogamous

Sorry, romance

(Newser) - Our ancestors didn't choose monogamy out of anything so high-minded as love or religion, according to a new study published Tuesday. Rather, it was most likely due to skyrocketing rates of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea from all the polygamous sex being had. Within hunter-gatherer groups of 30 or fewer... More »

No, This Is Definitely Not a Bernie Sanders Ad

It's an ad for free STD testing

(Newser) - Several billboards scattered around Los Angeles look at first glance like ads for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, but they actually ask, "Feel the Burn?" The ad campaign is the work of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is urging anyone who might feel painful symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases to... More »

Those Tinder-STD Billboards Are Coming Down

Thanks to a new link on its website

(Newser) - In a move Engadget says will help the company "save face," Tinder has added links to an STD testing locator on its dating app and site, ending a monthslong fight with a nonprofit provider of HIV health care and prevention services, Reuters reports. The new locator powered by... More »

Introducing an STD You've Never Heard Of

Study suggests 'MG' affects 1% of sexually active people

(Newser) - Take heed, folks: There appears to be a newish STD in town. It's "newish" because doctors have known about mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, since 1981, but researchers have now found the strongest evidence to date that it can be transmitted through sexual contact. They analyzed urine samples from... More »

Chlamydia Outbreak Stuns Texas High School

School's only sex-ed offers lessons in abstinence

(Newser) - School officials have declared an outbreak of chlamydia at a high school in Crane County, Texas, where the only sex-ed course is legally required to emphasize abstinence. School district officials sent out letters to parents last week warning that 20 of Crane High School's 300 students have come down... More »

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 »

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