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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1991
Thirty people dressed as large condoms gave away prophylactics throughout Los Angeles County on Monday, along with the message that they help prevent sexually transmitted diseases. "We're here to break the barrier--to let people know that next to abstinence, it's the only way to have safe sex," said Kimberly Higgins, event organizer and chairwoman of the Los Angeles County AIDS Awareness Committee.
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NEWS
February 1, 1992 | ROBERT STEINBROOK, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque have found stronger evidence that genital herpes can be sexually transmitted even when there are no signs of the painful blisters that are the hallmark of the disease. The one-year study of 144 heterosexual couples also confirmed that a woman is at higher risk of acquiring the viral infection from an infected man than the other way around. The researchers were led by Dr. Gregory J.
NEWS
March 25, 1988 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
As a result of new evidence from behavior studies of teen-agers in San Francisco and gay men in Massachusetts, AIDS experts now fear that educational programs to prevent the spread of the deadly disease may be falling far short of their goal. In fact, one Harvard Medical School expert warns bluntly, in a special AIDS issue of a major medical journal published today, that "education will not control the AIDS epidemic."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1989 | Compiled from staff and wire reports
Genital herpes is apparently more common in the United States than had been previously believed, with as many as 31 million Americans infected with the painful venereal disease, researchers reported last week. Based on blood samples from 4,201 Americans between 1976 and 1980, a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Atlanta's Emory University found that 16.4% of individuals between the ages of 15 and 74 were infected with herpes simplex type 2.
NEWS
December 2, 1988 | MARLENE CIMONS, Times Staff Writer
Despite extensive knowledge of the primary routes of AIDS transmission, teen-agers are continuing to engage in activities that put them at risk for contracting the deadly disease, according to reports released Thursday. The federal Centers for Disease Control and the public-interest Children's Defense Fund urged that education and prevention programs be started as quickly as possible to discourage dangerous behavior by adolescents that may place them at continued risk for the disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
New findings bolster the suspicion that a type of herpes virus that does not appear to cause any disease in healthy adults may speed the progression of AIDS, researchers at the National Institutes of Health reported last week. Virologist Robert Gallo, who is credited with co-discovery of the AIDS virus, said his latest work supports his theory that human herpes virus 6, or HHV-6, may promote the development of AIDS.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1988 | Anne C. Roark, Times staff writer Anne C. Roark reports from San Francisco at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting
A silent epidemic, one that often goes undetected and untreated, is rendering adolescent girls in America sterile, according to Mary Ann Shafer, associate professor of pediatrics at UC San Francisco. The disease is known as chlamydia and it is now thought to be the most common sexually transmitted disease among adolescents, occuring in 8% to 25% of sexually active girls and 9% of sexually active boys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1990 | MELVIN KONNER, M.D., Melvin Konner, a non-practicing physician, teaches medical anthropology at Emory University. His column appears every other week. and
The much-touted reversal in the 1980s of the sexual revolution of the '60s and early '70s does not seem to have materialized. Today AIDS is slowly spreading among heterosexuals, and other sexually transmitted diseases--gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, herpes and papilloma virus, to name a few--have become major public health problems. Yet researchers are finding that heterosexual habits are changing slowly, if at all. And that means increased risk.
BUSINESS
September 28, 1989 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
Costa Mesa-based ICN Biomedicals Inc. said Wednesday that it has received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market a new test for the diagnosis of chlamydia, the obscure but perhaps most common sexually transmitted disease in the nation. ICN Biomedicals, a majority-owned subsidiary of ICN Pharmaceuticals, said it will begin selling the test kits to physicians in the United States by the end of the year.
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