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Cumberland County STD rates surge
Date: 2013-09-04 13:26:51

Cumberland County, N.C., has experienced a huge surge in many of the most common sexually transmitted diseases this year. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV and other STDs have become much more common than in the past decade, when there was a general decline. Officials blame a lack of STD testing for the spike.

Rising rates... Full Story

Illinois to increase sex education to fight STDs
Date: 2013-09-06 12:10:53

Illinois schools will include mandatory sex education in their curriculum this year in order to curb rates of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies among young people. The city has had some of the highest rates of STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea among people aged 15 to 19 in recent years and officials hope that more comprehensive education could reduce those rates.

Chicago youths... Full Story

Study links STDs during pregnancy with increased rate of complications
Date: 2013-09-08 22:10:23

A study has shown that women with sexually transmitted diseases before or during pregnancy may have higher rates for complications. The study found that women who had been infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea near or during their pregnancies were the most at risk.

Results of the study... Full Story

Increased screening may be reducing chlamydia rates
Date: 2013-09-18 17:42:58

The results of a new study show that chlamydia rates have fallen over time, but the infection remains common among young women. The presence of antibodies revealed that many young women had had the disease at some point, even while rates for the general population have fallen in recent years.

Rates of chlamydia among young women... Full Story

Drug-resistant gonorrhea strain classified as 'urgent threat'
Date: 2013-09-19 20:05:07

A strain of drug-resistant gonorrhea has been declared an "urgent threat" by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency has never before classified infectious diseases with threat levels, though now has labeled the strain of gonorrhea and two other diseases as serious threats to the American public.

Gonorrhea superbug... Full Story

Wisconsin county teens face high STD rates
Date: 2013-09-21 13:50:40

Racine, Wis., teens face some of the highest rates for sexually transmitted diseases in the state. The news comes from the City of Racine Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and has prompted parents and youths in the city to take action.

Urgent need for action... Full Story

Research shows potential for genital herpes vaccine
Date: 2013-09-21 14:06:24

Herpes simplex virus 2, commonly referred to as genital herpes, has no cure, but a team of researchers from Cambridge, Mass., may be on the road to finding one. Genocea Biosciences announced its encouraging results at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in Denver.

Clinical trial results... Full Story

Vaccine for gonorrhea in development
Date: 2013-09-23 14:05:29

A study from the University at Buffalo has shown promising results for a gonorrhea cure. The researchers found out more about how the gonorrhea infection works, and, using that information, were able to create a compound that could potentially reduce or remove infections entirely.

New information about the infection... Full Story

HIV/AIDS rates down worldwide
Date: 2013-09-23 14:21:20

A press release from the United Nations revealed that rates for the sexually transmitted diseases are down 33 percent worldwide since 2001. Due to a stronger push for STD testing and treatment for the human immunodeficiency virus and the acquired immune deficiency virus worldwide, UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, has been able to drastically lower the number of new infections.

Reducing HIV and AIDS worldwide... Full Story

FDA strengthens hepatitis B warning on cancer medicines
Date: 2013-09-25 14:11:22

Two cancer medications now known to have a potential link to reactivating dormant cases of hepatitis B will receive stronger warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about this side effect. The sexually transmitted disease can be dormant in patients, but side effects of the medications may cause the disease to become active, potentially becoming a deadly complication for people already diagnosed with cancer.

Hepatitis B and cancer medications... Full Story

Syphilis rates rise in Broward County
Date: 2013-09-27 13:25:05

Broward County, Fla., has experienced a surge in syphilis rates. The sexually transmitted disease is curable in its early stages and can spread easily, prompting city health officials to urge residents to seek STD testing for the disease. The rising rates prompted the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to send out flyers encouraging STD tests for all residents.

Syphilis rates in Broward County... Full Story

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