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Another STD Spurs Concern

Posted 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 – There's yet another sexually transmitted infection that doctors and patients need to watch out for – Mycoplasma genitalium. New research from England adds to evidence that the bacteria Mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, is transmitted through sexual contact. Until now, researchers weren't sure how the often-symptomless infection, identified in the early 1980s, was spread. But the current study of more than 4,500 British residents found MG prevalent in 1 percent of participants and linked to risky sexual behaviors, such as multiple sex partners and unsafe sexual practices in the prior year. This finding suggests MG warrants more attention than it has received to date, said epidemiology professor Betsy Foxman, who specializes in infectious diseases at the University of Michigan. "My impression is that MG is not on the radar of most general practitioners, [but] with a ... Read more

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CDC Adds New Zika Warning for Pregnant Women and Their Sex Partners

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – Pregnant women with a male sexual partner who has traveled to, or lives in, an area affected by active Zika virus transmission should refrain from sex or use condoms during sex until the pregnancy is over, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised on Thursday. The CDC said the precaution is in place "until we know more" about the dangers of sexual transmission of the mosquito-borne virus, which is linked to thousands of cases of microcephaly in newborns in Brazil. "The potential hazard to the fetus is so substantial and so tragic that this looks like a very prudent recommendation until we learn more," Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist from Vanderbilt University Medical School, told The New York Times. In the same advisory, the CDC added two new countries, Jamaica and Tonga, to its travel alert list of nations that pregnant ... Read more

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Texas Health Officials Report Sexually Transmitted Case of Zika Virus

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 – Local health officials in Texas have confirmed a case of Zika virus infection that was transmitted by sex, and not by the bite of a mosquito. The virus, which is typically spread by mosquitoes, is suspected of causing thousands of birth defects in Brazil. The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department reported Tuesday that an unidentified patient had become infected with the Zika virus after having sex with an individual who had returned from Venezuela, one of the Latin American countries where Zika is circulating. "This increases our awareness campaign in educating the public about protecting themselves and others," Health Department Director Zachary Thompson said in a statement. "Next to abstinence, condoms are the best prevention method against sexually transmitted infections." Scientists have suspected that Zika could be transmitted sexually, and ... Read more

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Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea: A Growing Threat

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – Public health experts are expressing growing anxiety over the prospect of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. Just last month, health officials in Great Britain cautioned that nation's physicians and pharmacies about the dangers posed by drug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted infection. That concern is now being echoed by Dr. Robert Kirkcaldy, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist in the division of STD prevention. "Resistant gonorrhea and the prospect of untreatable gonorrhea are real threats," he said, with resistant strains now detected in many parts of the world. "The threat of untreatable gonorrhea underscores the importance of identifying new treatment options, ensuring adherence to screening and treatment guidelines – including treatment of (infected) partners – and increasing awareness among individuals on how they ... Read more

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LGBT Immigrants Often Faced Persecution in Homeland: Study

Posted 6 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 – Many lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people seeking asylum in the United States and Canada report suffering persecution and abuse in their homelands, a small study reveals. The severe verbal, physical and sexual abuse often began in childhood, the study found. Perpetrators included parents and caregivers, peers and school staff, the Rutgers University researchers said. The study included 26 interviews with people who obtained refuge or asylum in the United States or Canada on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. They came from Barbados, Belarus, Jamaica, Iran, Kenya, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Trinidad, Uganda, Ukraine and Venezuela. The study supports previous research showing that LGBT children and teens are at high risk for abuse that contributes to mental health problems, such as depression, ... Read more

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Task Force: Screen All Teens, Adults at Risk for Syphilis

Posted 15 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 – All adults and teens at increased risk for syphilis should be screened for the sexually transmitted disease, a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation says. The recommendation complements a 2009 task force recommendation that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis. Rates of the disease in the United States are on the rise, with nearly 20,000 cases of the earliest stages of syphilis reported in 2014, the highest since 1994. "Given the rising rates of syphilis infection, clinicians should focus on screening people at increased risk," task force member Dr. Francisco Garcia said in a task force news release. Garcia is director and chief medical officer of the Pima County Department of Health in Tucson, Ariz., and a professor of public health at the University of Arizona. Those at the highest risk for syphilis are gay and bisexual men and people ... Read more

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Abuse of Prescription Painkillers, Stimulants Ups Sexual Risks for Teens

Posted 14 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 – Teens who use abuse prescription drugs such as narcotic painkillers are more likely to have sex or to participate in risky sexual behaviors, a new study suggests. These risky behaviors included having sex with multiple partners, using drugs or alcohol before having sex or having sex without the use of a condom, the research revealed. The study looked at a variety of prescription drugs that might be used recreationally by teens. These included the prescription painkillers Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet or codeine; sedatives such as Xanax or Ativan; or stimulant drugs used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall or Ritalin. "About 1 out of every 5 high school students reported non-medical use of prescription drugs," said study author Heather Clayton, a health scientist in the division of adolescent and school health at the U.S. ... Read more

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CDC: Too Few Schools Teach Prevention of HIV, STDs, Pregnancy

Posted 9 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 – Too few U.S. schools teach students how to protect themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, how to prevent pregnancy, and other important sexual health information, federal officials reported Wednesday. In most of the country, fewer than half of high schools and only one-fifth of middle schools teach all 16 sexual health education topics recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 44 states, the proportion of high schools that teach all 16 topics in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 ranges from 21 percent in Arizona to 90 percent in New Jersey. Only three states – New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York – have more than 75 percent of high schools teaching all of the topics. The proportion of middle schools that teach all 16 topics in grades 6, 7 or 8 ranges from 4 percent in Arizona to 46 percent in North Carolina. No state ... Read more

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Teens More Cautious About Sex When Parents Set Rules, Study Finds

Posted 30 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 – A new analysis suggests that parents who set rules and keep tabs on their teenagers may have kids who are more cautious about sex. "Parents really matter, and they're influential," said report co-author Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, co-director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health at New York University's Silver School of Social Work. At issue: How can parents convince their children to engage in less sexual activity, especially risky unprotected intercourse? The study authors said that statistics suggest that hundreds of thousands of U.S. teens become pregnant each year, and more than 75 percent of the pregnancies are unplanned. Sexually transmitted disease is another risk for teens and young adults: Research shows that in 2012, people aged 20 to 24 had the highest rate of new infections with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the new report, ... Read more

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1 in 6 Female College Freshmen Raped While Incapacitated: Study

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – More than one in every six freshmen women are raped during their first year at college while too drunk or drugged to fend off their attacker, a new U.S. study reports. Even worse, about the same proportion say they entered college having already been raped while incapacitated by drink or drugs, the research revealed. Incoming freshmen with a prior history of "incapacitated rape" are the ones most at risk of another sexual assault during their first year at college, the researchers concluded. Freshmen women also have a higher risk of rape while drunk or drugged if they believe that heavy drinking can enhance a person's sexual experience, said lead researcher Kate Carey. Carey is a professor of behavioral and social sciences at Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, R.I. Although Carey and her colleagues identified risk factors that may ... Read more

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Once-a-Week Sex Makes for Happy Couples: Study

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – An active sex life is important to couples' happiness, and they don't have to go at it like rabbits – those who make love once a week are happiest, a new study suggests. More frequent sex isn't a buzzkill for a relationship. It just doesn't pack the same punch, Canadian researchers report Nov. 18 in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. "Our research suggests that couples do not need to aim to engage in sex as frequently as possible but instead aim to maintain a connection with their partner," said study lead author Amy Muise, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The findings are based on three studies involving more than 30,000 people in all. At issue: How does sexual frequency affect well-being? Not surprisingly, the research showed that sex is good, and more sex is better, Muise said. Regularly having sex ... Read more

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Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia Rates Rising for First Time in Years: CDC

Posted 17 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 – The number of cases of three key sexually transmitted diseases increased last year for the first time since 2006, concerned U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. In 2014, 1.4 million cases of chlamydia were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – a 2.8 percent increase since 2013. This is the highest number of cases of any STD ever reported to the CDC, the government researchers said in the annual report. Substantial increases were also reported in rates of syphilis (15 percent) and gonorrhea (5 percent). And the syphilis rates were highest among gay and bisexual men, according to the CDC's Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2014 report. "In the previous years, we have had some declines in some diseases and increases in others. But, we are concerned about the alarming increases we are seeing in chlamydia, gonorrhea and ... Read more

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Gonorrhea Becoming More Resistant to One Antibiotic: CDC

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – One of several antibiotic treatment options for the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea seems to be losing its effectiveness, U.S. health officials warn in a new report. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest tracking suggests that although resistance to the antibiotic treatment cefixime went down between 2011 and 2013, it started to creep back up in 2014. The good news is that cefixime isn't usually the first drug of choice for treating gonorrhea infections. The CDC's most recent guidelines for gonorrhea treatment (issued in 2012) recommend only using cefixime when the preferred option – ceftriaxone-based combination therapy – isn't available. And the CDC's new report doesn't indicate any recent waning in the effectiveness of that combination therapy. Still, indications of antibiotic resistance among any gonorrhea treatment is ... Read more

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Teens Do Listen to Parents' Advice About Sex: Study

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – Teens whose parents talk with them about sex are more likely to wait to have sex and to use birth control and condoms when they do, a new study finds. Although a parent's voice is only one in the mix of influences, it does have a significant, though small, role in helping their kids avoid sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies, the researchers said. And the effect was slightly stronger when moms were the ones doing the talking, the study found. "Communicating about sex can be uncomfortable for both parents and teens, but these conversations are a critical component of helping teens make safe and healthy decisions," said lead researcher Laura Widman, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. "What parents say to their kids about sex matters," she said. Although the study found an ... Read more

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Girls Lose Friends for Having Sex But Boys Don't, Study Shows

Posted 24 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – The impact that young teens' sexual activity has on their circle of friends differs for girls and boys, a new study finds. Researchers looked at data from youngsters in 28 rural communities in Iowa and Pennsylvania who were followed from ages 11 to 16, and found that girls lost friends for having sex and gained friends for making out without sex. But boys lost friends for making out and gained friends for having sex, according to the study scheduled for presentation Monday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in Chicago. The investigators found that after having sex, girls had a 45 percent loss in peer acceptance, while boys had an 88 percent increase in acceptance, on average. After making out, girls had a 25 percent increase in peer acceptance, while boys had a 29 percent decrease, the findings showed. "In our sample of early ... Read more

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