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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Teenagers accused of committing crimes in Kern County will be asked for a urine sample to test for sexually transmitted diseases. The county has the state's third-highest rate of chlamydia and fourth-highest rate of gonorrhea. Both diseases are prevalent among 15- to 24-year-olds, said Dr. Boyce Dulan, director of disease control for the county Health Department. Health officials say Juvenile Hall detainees are at high risk for sexually transmitted diseases.
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NATIONAL
June 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Half of all U.S. women who are sexually assaulted are not given recommended treatments to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, researchers said. Writing in this month's issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the Johns Hopkins University team said they found 20% of women who went to emergency rooms after being raped were given emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy and 58% were either screened for STDs or given drugs to prevent infection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2002 | CHARLES ORNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Public health officials here are making an unusual appeal to federal regulators to warn consumers that use of the sexual impotence drug Viagra is linked to gonorrhea transmission. "The data's clear, the evidence is strong," said Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, director of sexually transmitted disease control for the city, who has conducted a study on the issue. "There's really at this point no excuse for inaction by the FDA or the manufacturer."
HEALTH
November 26, 2001 | Jane E. Allen and \f7
Sexually transmitted diseases are among the most common infections in this country, yet somehow, the word isn't getting through to women about how vulnerable they are to these generally silent infections, according to a new survey. Just more than half of family practice doctors and obstetrician-gynecologists report discussing sexually transmitted diseases with their patients.
HEALTH
July 23, 2001 | JONATHAN FIELDING and VALERIE ULENE
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.
HEALTH
November 27, 2000 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
With cases of AIDS soaring among women, health experts are taking a hard look at an old question. When a woman's partner won't wear a condom, is there another way for a woman to protect herself from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases? Researchers at dozens of U.S. organizations are working on a safe-sex solution for women, focusing on a promising group of chemicals called microbicides.
HEALTH
November 27, 2000 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
In the search for chemical agents to battle sexually transmitted diseases, scientists are following a number of novel approaches. Some of the products in the research pipeline include: * ReProtect, a Baltimore firm, is developing a gel that would create an environment inhospitable to HIV when applied in the vagina. The product, called BufferGel, is also designed to create a barrier that can inhibit the transmission of bacteria and viruses into vaginal tissue.
NEWS
May 1, 2000 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a message posted on a sex and information site for teens and young adults, a 14-year-old girl recently wrote, "Oral sex is not real sex. I would do it to preserve my virginity." Her attitude is not uncommon and troubles physicians and psychologists who say that some teens engage in oral sex with an alarming nonchalance.
HEALTH
August 9, 1999 | ROSIE MESTEL
Let's look through our mailbag. Item One, a scribbled note from a certain fifth-grader: "In your recent article, you said you lost two crowns after eating my Halloween Milk Duds, but in fact you lost the second one after eating a giant Gummi Bear. Please correct this mistake." (Consider it done, young lady. Now about your allowance. . . .) Item Two: A missive from Holly Maloney of Preventive Dentistry Products Ltd.
HEALTH
April 27, 1998
* More than 12 million Americans are infected with sexually transmitted diseases each year, 3 million of whom are teenagers. * As many as 56 million Americans may be infected with an incurable STD other than HIV, including herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV). * Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STD, with more than 4 million new cases in the U.S. reported each year.
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