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April 16, 2007
Re "Drug-resistant gonorrhea spreading rapidly in U.S.," April 13 This article proves to me that abstinence-only sex education in our public schools should be encouraged, not ridiculed. Sixty years ago, when I took sex education in a public high school, abstinence before marriage and monogamy were taught as sensible and healthy norms for society. It is a joke on our sexually active youth today that something from a drugstore can prevent or cure sexually transmitted diseases. Why does this health-obsessed society rage at cigarette smoke and trans fats but condone behavior that invites gonorrhea and worse?
July 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
Condoms are usually effective against fighting the spread of HIV and gonorrhea, but there is not enough evidence to say for certain they protect against other sexually transmitted diseases, federal health officials conclude in a draft report. Answers to the remaining questions about condom effectiveness for preventing STD infections will require well-designed and ethically sound clinical studies, says the National Institutes of Health study to be released today.
February 22, 1987
Why does The Times insist on contributing to AIDS-related ignorance by splashing the phrase "AIDS Test" all over your headlines and throughout your stories ("Public Reaction Mixed to Prenuptial AIDS Test" by Beth Ann Krier, Feb. 4)? There is no test for AIDS. An "AIDS Test" would tell a person if he or she has AIDS, just like a test for hepatitis B or gonorrhea tells a person if he or she has hepatitis B or gonorrhea. There is only a test for antibodies to HIV, the virus many clinicians suspect is a causative agent for AIDS.
September 6, 1987
I am a specialist in public health and a district health officer in Los Angeles County for a district of more than half a million people, but I am writing as a private citizen. I think you did the public a great disservice by the sensational slant you gave to your article on condoms ("Condoms and AIDS: How Safe Is 'Safe'?" by Allan Parachini, Aug. 18). I find it hard to believe that a task force concluded that, "there are no clinical (human trial) data supporting the value of condoms" in preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
May 26, 1989 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Medical Writer
Most physicians would be willing occasionally to mislead insurers and patients' families--either to protect their patients' interests or even, in some instances, to protect themselves, according to a new study. The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., found that more than half of the 211 doctors surveyed would deceive an insurance company to help out a patient, or would let a patient lie to his wife about his diagnosis of venereal disease. More than a third said they would provide incomplete or misleading information about a mistake that led to a patient's death--contending, in many cases, that the patient's family would only be further hurt by knowing of the mistake.
November 22, 2002 | David C. Nichols; Daryl H. Miller
The first image of Charles Phoenix's "God Bless Americana: The Retro Holiday Slide Show" at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre is a young matron perfectly poised before her festooned tree, like Carol Merrill on "Let's Make a Deal." Between this, and the Goodyear Christmas compilation wafting from the speakers, the sense of baby-boomer nostalgia is acute before the show begins.
Reversing a decades-long decline, the incidence of gonorrhea among gay males has begun to rise sharply, a sign of spreading unsafe sexual practices that may presage a new explosion of AIDS cases, federal authorities said Thursday. The findings come as AIDS researchers are still flush with optimism from recent studies documenting falling rates of AIDS deaths and HIV infection in the United States.
May 26, 1988
Gonorrhea infections have dropped dramatically in Los Angeles County as a result of an aggressive treatment campaign, health officials said. But they are concerned about a difficult-to-treat gonorrhea strain that is increasing nationally. Cases of all strains of gonorrhea declined from 59,387 in 1985 to 52,604 in 1986. Last year, cases dropped to 38,248 and only 6,634 cases have been reported in the first quarter of this year.
January 30, 1985 | United Press International
Stanford University Medical School researchers announced Tuesday that they have developed a potential vaccine against gonorrhea, a contagious venereal disease that afflicts 1 million Americans each year. The potential vaccine has successfully blocked gonococcal bacteria from infecting human cells in laboratory studies, and scientists said they will begin testing it for safety and effectiveness in human volunteers this year.
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