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Cocaine use may increase HIV rates
Date: 2013-10-03 13:37:02

Cocaine use may cause the body to be more susceptible to HIV infections, according to a new study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles exposed healthy cells to both cocaine and HIV and found that the cells were more likely to be infected and that the infection may even be stronger with the use of the drug. In addition, the infection may be stronger among affected individuals who use cocaine than those who do not use it.

Cocaine and HIV... Full Story

Washington County has intense gonorrhea outbreak
Date: 2013-10-14 13:05:29

One Washington County has experienced almost double the cases of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea so far in 2013 than it had in 2012. Though officials are not certain of the cause, they are urging residents to seek STD tests to see if they have this curable disease.

Yakima County, Washington gonorrhea rates... Full Story

New discoveries may help treat herpes
Date: 2013-10-14 13:24:13

Herpes is the virus responsible for causing conditions ranging from chickenpox and shingles to cold sores and genital herpes. A new understanding of the way this virus spreads through the body could help scientists develop new treatments for genital herpes, a chronic condition, and other forms of the virus as well.

New findings in the spread of the virus... Full Story

Adams County, Ill., experiences high rates of STDs
Date: 2013-10-15 13:45:10

Adams County, Ill., which includes the city of Quincy, has experienced a high rise in sexually transmitted disease rates. The county ranked 20th in the state for STD rates last year, so those living in the area may want to exercise caution and consider having STD tests to ensure their STD status.

High STD rates in Adams County... Full Story

Teens may be more susceptible to herpes infections than before
Date: 2013-10-17 15:59:15

Research has found that due to a lack of antibodies, all age groups and especially teenagers are more likely to contract genital herpes than they were in decades past. The study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, found that today's teens are more likely to be less resistant to herpes simplex virus 1, which can cause genital herpes.

Changes in vulnerability over time... Full Story

Gonorrhea outbreak declared in Spokane County
Date: 2013-10-17 16:20:02

A gonorrhea outbreak has been declared in Spokane County, Wash., so those in the area may want to consider being tested for the sexually transmitted disease. The Washington State Department of Health declared the outbreak after data was released showing a huge increase in reported cases of the STD.

Large increase in cases... Full Story

Risky sexual behavior may be causing STD rates to increase in South Dakota
Date: 2013-10-22 17:01:37

Risky sexual behaviors among residents in South Dakota may be causing the rise of sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Experts caution South Dakota residents to be wary when engaging in sexual activity with people met online, a risk factor that area experts have linked to increasing STD rates.

Anonymous Internet hookups... Full Story

Many STDs can be passed through oral sex
Date: 2013-10-22 17:33:24

While some may assume that they are safe from sexually transmitted diseases if they only engage in oral sex, the opposite is actually true. Many STDs are commonly passed through oral sex, even at times when neither partner is showing symptoms. If both partners have regular STD tests, the risk for contracting these diseases can be greatly reduced. Having multiple sexual partners can also greatly increase the risk of spreading STDs.

A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that many American teenagers underestimate the risk for STDs associated with oral sex. According to the report, many teenagers have oral sex instead of vaginal sex to prevent pregnancy and reduce the chance of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

The researchers commented that, "Young people, particularly those who have oral sex before their first vaginal intercourse, may still be placing themselves at risk of STIs or HIV before they are ever at risk of pregnancy. Given the higher rates of STIs among some groups of young people, it is important to understand the prevalence and correlates of various types of sexual behaviors, coital and noncoital, in this age group."

The study found that approximately two-thirds of males and females between ages 15 and 24 had engaged in oral sex, which is lower than estimated, but many of the participants were not aware of the risks involved. Young people who are sexually active should seek STD testing to be sure of their status. A lab test online can provide answers to questions about STDs.

STDs commonly spread through oral sex... Full Story

Hepatitis B strain may be causing liver cancer in men
Date: 2013-10-23 11:23:52

A novel mutation in the hepatitis B virus could be causing increased rates of liver cancer in men, according to a new South Korean study. Originally published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, the study could help explain why men with HBV have such dramatically high rates of liver cancer and cirrhosis compared to women.

Liver cancer and hepatitis B... Full Story

Syphilis cases rise in Alaskan population centers
Date: 2013-10-24 14:33:46

A marked rise in syphilis cases has been tracked in Alaskan cities like Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Juneau and Fairbanks. The rates of the disease are predominately in men who live in the region with a median age of 35.

Urban populations with syphilis... Full Story

Girl in AIDS remission sparks hope for a cure
Date: 2013-10-26 18:38:14

A young girl born with AIDS has gone into remission, igniting new hopes of finding a cure for the deadly sexually transmitted disease. The girl, now 3 years old, was born with congenital AIDS but, after undergoing 18 months of extensive treatments, now shows no signs of the aggressive autoimmune disease.

A seeming cure for the young girl... Full Story

AIDS antibodies fight infection in monkeys
Date: 2013-10-31 13:31:55

The results of a new study have shown that AIDS antibodies from humans have been able to strongly suppress the virus in monkeys. This new research may be able to one day alter treatments given to people who tested positive for HIV or AIDS in STD testing.

Antibodies fighting AIDS... Full Story

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