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We don’t talk much about chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis, in part because it can seem like they’re not big health issues anymore. But it turns out more and more Americans may be quietly suffering from these once nearly eliminated STDs.
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in the United States in 2017 — the highest cumulative number ever recorded, and one that surpassed a 2016 record high.
The leaps in cases over the last few years are truly eye-popping.
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You probably have herpes or HPV, but how much do you know about them and other STIs?
Sometimes talking about STDs makes one feel like Coach Carr from Mean Girls: “If you do touch each other, you will get chlamydia, and die. Everybody take some rubbers.”
But, even though it feels like we *knowwww* we should be having safe sex, a report released earlier this year by the CDC found that there has been a rise in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in the last year. And, as if you needed another stat to make you go eeeek, there are an estimated 110 million STIs in the US at any given time. (Could this have something to do with the state of sex ed in US schools?)
Their potential to prevent more common STDs has gone largely unrealized. Juliet Richters, a former professor of sexual health at the University of New South Wales, is one of few researchers who have performed quantitative research on dental-dam use.
Gonorrhea may not seem like a big deal. Aside from HIV, sexually transmitted diseases seem like solved problems, relics of some long-ago time when sex wasn’t discussed and sexual health care was difficult to access. In fact, gonorrhea is surging back, along with its equally forgotten partner, syphilis.
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Health experts see online dating as the new frontier for STD prevention — but major sites don’t want to engage.
This news came on the heels of a recent STD Surveillance Report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention which showed that the total combined cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis reported in the U.S. in 2015 reached record highs. Those most at risk were gay and bisexual men (regardless of their PrEP status), as well as the youth of America...
In the midst of record-high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs or STDs), a new industry-sponsored survey finds that many of those at high risk for STDs are not getting tested—and don’t seem to think they need to.
The CDC reported a surge in STI diagnoses last year. But there’s no cause for alarm.
A new study in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology tracked nearly 300 female patients to find that emergency departments massively overdiagnose urinary tract infections. What’s worse, in many cases ERs fail to diagnose the sexually transmitted infections that are the real culprits behind the symptoms. This means millions of women are being put on unnecessary antibiotics for nonexistent UTIs and/or going around unaware that they have STIs.
Resistance of these STIs to the effect of antibiotics has increased rapidly in recent years and has reduced treatment options. Of the 3 STIs, gonorrhoea has developed the strongest resistance to antibiotics. Strains of multidrug-resistant gonorrhoea that do not respond to any available antibiotics have already been detected. Antibiotic resistance in chlamydia and syphilis, though less common, also exists, making prevention and prompt treatment critical.
A recent review of studies found that some people on PrEP engage in more risky sex.
But they'll still do anything to get in your pants.
The incidence of head and neck cancer is going down. The bad news is another type of head and neck cancer is on the rise and is related to a common STD...HPV the same virus implicated in cervical cancer. Could oral sex play a role?
There are a number of hypotheses about what is driving the increase, some focusing on “personal responsibility.” There have been more men having sex without condoms, for example, or young women using IUDs and therefore not seeing a physician regularly. There’s no question that dating apps make sex more anonymous—which makes public health investigation and tracking much more difficult and less accurate.
World Health Organizaiton unveils new treatment guidelines to cope with antibiotic resistance.
Infectious diseases seem to come and go, sometimes causing scary outbreaks, while other times seeming to disappear. But some infectious pathogens are always with us, lurking just below the surface of society.
Health experts say we know how to stop sexually transmitted diseases. “We just don’t necessarily want to pay for it.”
We’ve compiled a handy cheat sheet of the most common STD warning signs to let you know when it’s time to skip your freshman Shakespeare seminar and get thee to a student health center.
While there is some debate among epidemiologists about whether to call monkeypox “sexually transmitted” versus “sexually transmissible,” it is reasonable to consider that sex is one activity that transmits infection, similar to other infections that are transmitted by skin-to-skin contact during sex, like herpes, syphilis and the human papillomavirus.
Our concerns are especially acute because the medical and public health communities know how to prevent these infections, yet as a country we have failed to implement basic public health practices that could reverse these trends.
STIs are at an all-time high.
Nobody enjoys having a conversation about STDs. We find it embarrassing, there’s so much stigma around them, so we are often nervous about being checked out. However, understanding the link between an STD and the impact they can have on your future fertility could be all the motivation you need.
Historically, microbiological culture was the gold standard for diagnosing chlamydial and gonorrheal infections. This method has been largely replaced by nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), which have sensitivities of up to 100 percent and specificities of 97 percent for diagnosing chlamydia and gonorrhea.
The patient that presents with a single genital lesion can be a challenge to diagnose...
Not everyone in the United States has access to medical care; that's an unfortunate fact. For those who do, visiting a doctor will provide more answers than a monthly STI test delivered to you — as well as advice on how to prevent them in the future. For those who don't, Current may provide some peace of mind, as long as the user is aware of the drawbacks.
Popular dating apps could soon help stop the spread of record high STD infections among their users.
Grindr and other primarily gay dating apps are exploring ways to add the ability for people who test positive for an STD to notify partners using the app...
While we were separated, my husband had sex with a woman. Now we have a positive STI test.
Public health officials believe many cases are going undetected as clinics close during the pandemic and testing supplies are diverted to coronavirus screening.
Sexually transmitted diseases are often asymptomatic, so screening is essential. “If providers don’t ask the questions and don’t apply the screening recommendations, the majority of STDs will be missed.”
Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia in the United States jumped last year, and an alarming number of newborn deaths were linked to congenital syphilis.
If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, you probably remember hearing a lot about genital warts, pubic lice, and hepatitis B. All three are sexually transmitted diseases, but thankfully, they're not as threatening as they once were.
Full disclaimer: This is not a green light to have unprotected sex. These do still exist, and there's a host of other STDs out there that you need to protect yourself against.
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We live in an era of sex positivity — until we get positive test results. And that’s unfortunate, because S.T.I.s are on the rise.
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The CDC found spikes in cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia — again.
Through a partnership with the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) and the American Sexually Transmitted Disease Association (ASTDA), a laminated 8½ x 11 summary chart of the updated treatment guidelines is now available from NCSD and these partners.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) and The American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA) have partnered to bring you the latest research and best practices for STD prevention with the STD Prevention Science Series.
We have only one mission: To help STD testing services accessible, by comparing and reviewing the best STD testing services. That simple!
Established in April of 2012 during STD Awareness Month, The STD Project is a multi-award-winning independent website and progressive movement eradicating STD stigma by facilitating and encouraging awareness, education, and acceptance through story-telling and resource recommendations. We are taking steps toward modern-day sexual health and prevention by advocating for conscientious and informed decisions.
Sexuality is one of our most basic and beautiful characteristics as human beings. We are all driven toward each other because of it. Unfortunately Over the years intercourse has become increasingly dangerous. With Stds And viruses spreading like wildfire across the world we must all take steps to protect ourselves. The estimated total number of people living in the US with std is over 65 million.
Some STIs will cause very obvious symptoms. But many STIs cause no symptoms or only mild symptoms, so you could not know you have an infection. In fact, most people who have an STI have no symptoms. A test from your healthcare provider may be the only sure way to tell if you are infected.
The International Journal of STD & AIDS provides a clinically oriented forum for investigating and treating sexually transmissible infections, HIV and AIDS. Publishing original research and practical papers, the journal contains in-depth review articles, short papers, case reports, audit reports, CPD papers and a lively correspondence column.
Your guide to STDs and getting tested.
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Scary fact: Half of the HIV and AIDS infections in the world occur in people under the age of 25. That means people like YOU and ME.
Sexually Transmitted Infections is the world's longest running international journal on sexual health. It aims to keep practitioners, trainees and researchers up to date in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all STIs and HIV. The journal publishes original research, descriptive epidemiology, evidence-based reviews and comment on the clinical, public health, sociological and laboratory aspects of sexual health from around the world.
CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Treatment Guidelines, 2021 provides current evidence-based prevention, diagnostic and treatment recommendations that replace the 2015 guidance. The recommendations are intended to be a source for clinical guidance. Healthcare providers should always assess patients based on their clinical circumstances and local burden.
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Find up-to-date information on how to prevent STIs with safer sex strategies and comprehensive information about the most common STIs, including how they transmitted, diagnosed, and treated.
More than 30 different bacteria, viruses and parasites are known to be transmitted through sexual contact. Eight of these pathogens are linked to the greatest incidence of sexually transmitted disease. Of these 8 infections, 4 are currently curable: syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis. The other 4 are viral infections which are incurable: hepatitis B, herpes simplex virus (HSV or herpes), HIV, and human papillomavirus (HPV). Symptoms or disease due to the incurable viral infections can be reduced or modified through treatment.