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March 16, 2007 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Gonorrhea cases are rising at an alarming pace across the western United States, even while declining in the rest of the country, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. The number of cases in California and seven other western states increased 42% from 2000 to 2005 while declining 10% nationally, according to the report. An increase in gonorrhea is typically associated with a rise in other sexually transmitted diseases -- most importantly HIV infection.
A rise in a drug-resistant form of gonorrhea in California is forcing health officials to turn away from a widely used, inexpensive antibiotic treatment, further narrowing their options to fight the sexually transmitted disease. Officials say they are finding an increased number of gonorrhea infections that are resistant to the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics, which includes Cipro.
Doctor: "We think we have discovered why you are unable to get pregnant. Your Fallopian tubes are severely scarred--most likely the result of a sexually transmitted disease like gonorrhea or chlamydia." Patient: "But, doctor, how could that be? I've never had a sexually transmitted disease." Farfetched? Hardly. Medical experts estimate that nearly 100,000 women become infertile each year as a result of sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, that, in many cases, cause no symptoms.
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?
September 10, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Syphilis and gonorrhea have increased sharply among gay men in the Seattle area, suggesting that many are engaging in risky sex, the federal government said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said cases of syphilis among gay men in King County, which includes Seattle, increased from zero in 1996 to 46 during the first half of 1999. Gonorrhea went from 180 cases per 100,000 gay men in 1997 to 420 in 1999.
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)
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