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October 10, 1988 | From Times staff and wire reports
Researchers report that a virus implicated in cervical cancer causes the most common sexually transmitted disease among teen-age women. In a study of 1,400 women under age 19 in the San Francisco area, scientists found more of the teen-agers suffered from genital infections by the human papilloma virus, or HPV, than from chlamydia and gonorrhea combined. "That is an extraordinary finding, important for taking preventive and detection measures," said Dr.
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November 9, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Men engaged in risky homosexual activity are fueling a sharp increase in the incidence of syphilis and a smaller but worrisome rise in gonorrhea resistant to common antibiotics, federal researchers said Tuesday. The increases are seen at a time when sexually transmitted disease rates among historically important risk groups, especially women and minorities, have been declining, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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August 26, 1991 | BOB BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The public health physician and the brothel-keeper were destined to hook up. Dr. Gary Richwald, a former UCLA professor who directs Los Angeles County's sexually transmitted disease program, had spent much of the last decade studying what he calls "sex industry workers." Russ Reade, a longtime Northern California high school biology and sex-education teacher, had left the classroom in search of riches 10 years ago, buying and managing one of Nevada's most famed houses of legal prostitution.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1991 | LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Infant-care clinics and programs dealing with refugee health and follow-up care for venereal disease, threatened with cuts, have won a reprieve. County officials said Friday that they have found the money to run them after all. County administrative officers now say they have the $700,000 that these programs require. And they are asking the Board of Supervisors to cancel a special Sept. 17 hearing that would have led to them being cut. Budget director Ronald S.
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April 5, 1994 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The young woman's face blushed the color of borscht. Her chin disappeared into the high collar of her fur coat as she looked furtively around the hospital waiting room making sure no one she knew was there. Then she whispered that she had caught "it" from her husband. The woman could not bring herself to speak the name of her ailment: syphilis. "Nobody cares how she got it; it's still considered a disgrace," said Valery V. Kuznetsov, chief doctor at the Skin and Venereal Disease Clinic No. 7.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1987
Your editorial stated valid general reservations about mandatory testing for AIDS. But, your position against AIDS tests for marriage licenses is absurd! For decades people applying for marriage licenses have been required to be tested for venereal diseases that, although very serious, are much less deadly than AIDS. If you expect your editorial policies regarding AIDS to have any credibility at all, then to be consistent you must also call for the abolition of ALL premarital medical tests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1988
The California AIDS Leadership Committee on Wednesday adopted a policy calling for use of explicit language in AIDS education material even if some people may find it offensive. "The social and economic benefits of preventing HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS) is of paramount importance and should take precedence over the risk of offending some persons by the frankness . . ." the committee said.
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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.
NEWS
March 27, 2002 | CHARLES ORNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outbreaks of syphilis among gay men in large urban areas, particularly in California, are threatening to reverse progress toward eliminating the disease in this country. In San Francisco, the number of new infectious cases grew from a historic low of 26 in 1998 to 139 last year. Officials there say the total could easily top 250 this year--which would be the highest in more than a decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2001 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eighty-five new cases of syphilis have been reported in Los Angeles County so far this year, despite a county announcement last summer that it had defeated a major outbreak. In fact, officials say this year's cases stem from the same outbreak as last year, when public health authorities took well-publicized steps to stop the spread of syphilis, mostly among gay men.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2001 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
Fifty-three cases of syphilis have been reported in the last six months, mostly among gay and bisexual men in Los Angeles County, bringing the tally in the outbreak that began last March to 144 cases. Most of the infections, however, are not new. They seem to have occurred around the beginning of last year, signaling to public health officials and AIDS activists that the outbreak has been contained.
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December 23, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
The fugitive disease finds refuge in forsaken places: On street corners where women sell themselves for the price of a crack hit. In neighborhoods with boarded-over homes and shells of businesses long gone. In forlorn mobile home parks off rural highways and seedy truck stops off interstates. Syphilis, a centuries-old human scourge, sustains itself these days on a noxious brew of poverty, racial inequality and hopelessness. There is no good medical reason for it to endure.
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May 13, 1988 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
Legislation requiring sex education teachers to stress sexual abstinence to their students as the only way to avoid unwanted teen pregnancy, venereal diseases and sexually transmitted AIDS was passed by the Senate on Thursday. The bill by Sen. Newton R. Russell (R-Glendale), supported by anti-abortion and religious organizations, went to the Assembly on a 27-4 vote over the protests of one Democrat who argued it constituted "Democrat bashing" in an election year.
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June 22, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court on Thursday refused to overturn a milestone $150,000 damage award against a Sonoma County man for negligently infecting his girlfriend with a sexual disease. In a brief order, the justices rejected a challenge to a state Court of Appeal ruling last March holding that persons who knowingly fail to warn their sexual partners they had such a disease may be held liable, even if they believe they are not contagious.
NEWS
December 6, 2000 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
U.S. syphilis rates reached an all-time low in 1999, suggesting that it may be possible to virtually eliminate the disease from the American scene, but gonorrhea rates reversed a two-decade trend by rising 9%, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The syphilis decline was the result of natural cycles of the disease and an aggressive federal program of testing and education.
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June 23, 2000 | Associated Press
Gonorrhea climbed 9% in the United States in 1998 after 12 straight years of decline, the government reported Thursday. Debra Mosure, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speculated that the safe-sex practices that were adopted because of AIDS are being abandoned because of the introduction of more effective drugs against the virus. "There does seem to be some real increases in the overall number of gonorrhea cases due to unsafe sexual behavior," she said.
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