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Many STDs May Go Undiagnosed, U.S. Report Finds

Posted 10 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 – About 400,000 Americans may have the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, but not know they have it, new research suggests. The new government report estimates that 1.8 million people in the United States have chlamydia, but that only 1.4 million infections have been reported. Women, particularly young women, seem to have an even greater risk of harboring this often symptomless infection, according to the U.S. National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention news release. Researchers analyzed data from the 2007 to 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that 1.7 percent of men and women aged 14 to 39 have chlamydia, which works out to about 1.8 million infections in the United States. However, only about 1.4 million chlamydia infections are reported each year, which indicates that many chlamydia infections go ... Read more

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Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Tied to Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Posted 5 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 5 – Women with chlamydia or gonorrhea infections before or during pregnancy are at increased risk for pregnancy complications such as stillbirth and premature birth, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 350,000 Australian women who had their first child between 1999 and 2008. Of those women, 1 percent had at least one chlamydia infection before they gave birth, and 81 percent of those women were diagnosed before they became pregnant. The study also found that 0.6 percent of the women had a gonorrhea infection before they gave birth, and nearly 85 percent of those women were diagnosed before they became pregnant. Half of the women diagnosed with gonorrhea had also previously been infected with chlamydia, found researchers Dr. Bette Liu, at the University of New South Wales, and colleagues. Among all the women in the study, 4 percent had an ... Read more

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Not Enough Young Women Getting Tested for Chlamydia: CDC

Posted 13 Mar 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13 – Far too few sexually active young women are getting tested for chlamydia, an oversight that could lead them down a perilous path to severe health consequences, including infertility, later in life. A new survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only 38 percent of sexually active girls and women were screened for this common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the year prior to being questioned. Chlamydia often infects men and women without causing symptoms. Not only that, another new study finds that only a small proportion of men and women got the recommended follow-up test once they had tested positive for chlamydia. Re-infection with chlamydia is common if partners remain untreated. In those women who are left untreated, chronic pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancies can result, along with infertility. Both reports were to be ... Read more

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19 Million New STD Infections Reported Annually, CDC Says

Posted 17 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17 – The 19 million new cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia diagnosed in the United States each year cost the nation's health care system $17 billion annually, according to an annual report released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are treatable but can cause serious, life-long consequences, such as infertility, if they aren't detected. "STDs are one of the most critical health challenges facing the nation today," CDC researchers said in their report. Reported cases of chlamydia steadily increased for the past 20 years and reached 1.3 million in 2010. The increase stems from expanded screening efforts, not an actual rise in the number of people infected with chlamydia. However, a majority of chlamydia infections still go undiagnosed, and fewer than half of sexually active young women undergo ... Read more

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Older Women Can Benefit From Sex Ed Campaigns

Posted 14 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14 – Most campaigns designed to educate people about their sexual health target younger generations, excluding a large number of sexually active women over the age of 50 who need and want this information, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Florida revealed that although older women are aware of the risks for sexually transmitted diseases, they are not comfortable asking their doctor questions about their sexual health. The study, published in a special issue of the Journal of Consumer Affairs, concluded the communication between women over the age of 50 and their physicians needs improvement. Study author Cynthia Morton and her colleagues pointed out that many health professionals mistakenly think older women already have all the information they need. On the contrary, the study revealed older women need information on how to discuss safe sex ... Read more

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Faster Way to Treat Partners of Women With STDs Urged: Experts

Posted 25 Aug 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 25 – When a woman is diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection such as chlamydia or gonorrhea, her doctor should be able to pass along antibiotics to her male partner without examining him, to cut both partners' odds of re-infection, experts say. The new physician guideline was issued this week by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the nation's largest group representing ob/gyns. In a new committee opinion, the ACOG panel of experts stated that doctors who diagnose their female patients with these infections should pass along a prescription for antibiotics to the male partner – a practice called "expedited partner therapy." "Evidence indicates that [this type of approach] can decrease re-infection rates" compared to the more standard practice of simply referring the patient's partner for examination and treatment, Dr. Diane F. Merritt, ... Read more

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More Screenings May Explain Higher Chlamydia Rates Among Minorities

Posted 26 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 26 – Screening rates for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia are significantly higher in the United States among young black and Hispanic women than among young white women, which might explain why black and Hispanic women have higher reported rates of the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers who analyzed data from more than 40,000 visits to health-care facilities found that young Hispanic women were 9.7 times more likely to be screened for chlamydia than young white women. The screening rate was 2.7 times greater for young black women. The investigators also found that: Women with public health insurance were more likely to have chlamydia testing than were those with private insurance. A medical history was more important than race, ethnicity or insurance status in terms of differences in chlamydia screening. Young women with a previous sexually ... Read more

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New STD Report Finds Some Progress, High Costs for U.S.

Posted 23 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 22 – The approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections that occur each year in the United States cost the health care system about $16.4 billion annually, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its annual STD report released Monday. The data for 2009 shows a continued high burden of STDs but there are some signs of progress, according to the report, which focuses on chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. The national rate of reported gonorrhea cases stands at 99 cases per 100,000 people, its lowest level since record keeping started in 1941, and cases are declining among all racial/ethnic groups (down 17 percent since 2006). Since 2006, chlamydia infections have increased 19 percent to about 409 per 100,000 people. However, the report suggests that this indicates more people than ever are being screened for chlamydia, which is ... Read more

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Chlamydia Treated Sooner When Docs Use E-Records

Posted 27 May 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 27 – Switching to electronic medical records can significantly boost how quickly patients with the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia are treated, a new study shows. Researchers found that an electronic medical record system more than doubled the percentage of patients treated within two weeks of diagnosis. The study examined the medical records of 100 patients at a sexual health clinic who were treated either before or after the clinic stopped using paper records. Before the clinic converted to computerized records, it took an average of 11.5 days for a patient to be treated after being diagnosed with chlamydia. That rate fell to 3.5 days after the switch. And the percentage of those who were treated within two weeks of getting a positive test result skyrocketed from 38 percent to 94 percent. The longer a sexually transmitted infection goes untreated, "the more risk ... Read more

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Chlamydia Often Overlooked in Young Men

Posted 15 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 15 – Urologists in Great Britain often fail to detect cases of chlamydia in young men who see them for a related condition, British researchers contend. They say that many urologists are ignoring guidelines on how to deal with a condition known as epididymo-orchitis, which causes inflammation of the testicle and the epididymis, the tube that passes sperm from the testicle to the vas deferens. "Urologists remain poor at managing epididymo-orchitis in sexually active young men, and are therefore almost certainly failing to diagnose many cases of chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections in exactly the group both most at risk and most likely to have multiple partners," the researchers wrote in their report, published online April 15 in Sexually Transmitted Infections. They surveyed urology departments at five British hospitals and found 204 cases in which ... Read more

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Women Would Welcome At-Home Test for STDs

Posted 30 Mar 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 30 – Do-it-yourself tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) apparently would be a hit among women. When given the option of taking an at-home test for chlamydia and gonorrhea, two of the most common STDs, 76 percent of 462 women in a recent study indicated that would be their preference, compared with 16 percent who said they would rather go to a clinic for testing and 8 percent who said they'd prefer to be tested by their own doctor. At-home test kits for sexually transmitted diseases are not currently available to U.S. consumers. Beyond women saying they would prefer to test themselves for STDs, the study also found that a greater percentage of these women actually followed through and got tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea – 65 percent compared with 32 percent of those who said they would choose doctors or clinics for testing. "The results are important ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Unapproved Over The Counter Drugs Marketed for Prevention and Treatment of STDs

Posted 6 Mar 2008 by Drugs.com

[Posted 03/06/2008] FDA advised healthcare professionals and consumers that the Agency issued Warning Letters to six U.S. companies and one foreign individual for marketing unapproved and misbranded drugs over the internet to U.S. consumers for the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The products are marketed under the names Tetrasil, Genisil, Aviralex, OXi-MED, Imulux, Beta-mannan, Micronutrient, Qina, and SlicPlus. The products claim to prevent or treat a variety of STDs, including Herpes, Chlamydia, Human Papilloma Virus, cervical dysplasia, and HIV/AIDS. The products pose a serious health threat to unsuspecting consumers who don't know that these products are not FDA approved and have not been proven safe or effective. Consumers who are currently using these products should stop using them immediately and consult their healthcare professional if they ... Read more

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Urine Test for Chlamydia Shown Effective in Men

Posted 28 Jul 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 28 – A simple urine test could help reduce men's risk of persistent chlamydia infection and the likelihood of transmitting it to their sex partners, U.K. researchers report. Currently, chlamydia infection is diagnosed by nucleic acid amplification tests, such as the polymerase chain reaction. But these tests are expensive, technically complex and can take several days to get results, according to background information in a news release from BMJ, which published the study online July 28. Previous research found that the urine test, called the Chlamydia Rapid Test, provided fast and accurate results in women. The new study compared the test to the polymerase chain reaction test using urine samples from more than 1,200 men, ages 16 to 73. The rapid test had a high level of sensitivity (82.6 percent) and specificity (98.5 percent) and provided results within an hour. Quick ... Read more

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