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Pubic Grooming Tied to Higher STD Rates

Posted 1 day 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Brazilian bikini waxing and similar forms of personal grooming may be all the rage, but they come with a heightened risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease, new research suggests. The study found that frequent groomers of pubic hair are three to four times more likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection, such as herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV) or syphilis. "Grooming is linked to a heightened self-reported sexually transmitted disease risk, and for those who groom frequently or remove all of their hair often, the association is even higher," said lead researcher Dr. Charles Osterberg. He's an assistant professor of urology and surgery at the University of Texas Dell Medical School in Austin. Still, the study didn't prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship between pubic grooming and sexually transmitted infections, it was only designed to ... Read more

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Task Force: Routine Genital Herpes Screening Not Recommended

Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 – A U.S. federal task force is prepared to recommend that teens, adults and pregnant women not be routinely tested for genital herpes if they don't have signs of infection. About one in every six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 has genital herpes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease, which is transmitted through vaginal, anal and oral sex, causes symptoms like blisters, discharge, burning and bleeding between periods. Though symptoms can be treated, genital herpes is incurable. In support of its proposed guidelines, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says the benefit of routine herpes screening is small, because early treatments aren't likely to make much of a difference. "Because there's no cure, there isn't much doctors and nurses can do for people who don't have symptoms," Dr. Maureen Phipps said in a news ... Read more

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Study Dashes Millennials' Reputation as Hookup Generation

Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 – A new study contradicts the common perception that young American adults – so-called Millennials – are having more casual sex than previous generations. Researchers analyzed decades of national data. They found 15 percent of young adults aged 20 to 24 born in the early 1990s (Millennials) had no sexual partners since age 18, compared with 6 percent of Americans born in the late 1960s (Generation Xers). Only people born in the 1920s reported having less sex in their early 20s. The drop in sexual activity between Generation Xers and Millennials was larger among women (2.3 percent to 5.4 percent) than men (1.7 percent to 1.9 percent). Whites were more likely to say they had no sexual partners as young adults (1.6 percent to 3.9 percent) than blacks (steady at 2.6 percent). The findings challenge "the widespread notion that Millennials are the 'hookup' generation, ... 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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Psoriasis, Cold Sores Most Stigmatized Skin Disorders: Survey

Posted 9 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 – Psoriasis and cold sores top the list of stigmatized skin conditions, a new survey indicates, but experts say much of the ill will directed at sufferers is misguided. Surveying 56 people, Boston researchers found that nearly 61 percent wrongly thought psoriasis – which produces widespread, scaly red skin lesions – looked contagious, and about nine in 10 said they would pity a person who had it. About four in 10 said herpes simplex, or cold sore, is the most bothersome skin condition. "We knew from other studies that psoriasis seemed to be more stigmatizing than other skin diseases, [and] we did this study to try to find out why," said study author Dr. Alexa Kimball, a dermatology professor at Harvard Medical School. "We suspected that the fact that it looked infectious could be part of the reason people reacted strongly to it, but we didn't expect that reaction ... Read more

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Many Americans Under 50 Living With Cold Sore Virus

Posted 11 May 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 9, 2015 – More than half of Americans aged 14 to 49 carry the virus that causes cold sores – those small blisters around the mouth that may come and go, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). "Cold sores may appear just once in a person's lifetime or return again and again," said Dr. Bruce Brod, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, in an AAD news release. Cold sores are caused by a virus that stays in the body, even when there are no active cold sores, according to the AAD. Sometimes people mistake cold sores for canker sores. But canker sores aren't caused by a virus, and they occur inside – rather than outside – the mouth, according to Brod. Certain factors can trigger cold sores. The list includes stress and fatigue, sun exposure, cold and flu, fever, hormonal changes due ... Read more

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Genital Herpes Vaccine Shows Promise in Mouse Study

Posted 10 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 – There's a glimmer of hope for millions of people infected with genital herpes: A new study in mice hints at the success of a vaccine against the virus. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City report that the vaccine was safe and effective in protecting mice against herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the virus that causes genital herpes. The vaccine also shows indications of being effective against oral herpes, which causes cold sores, according to the authors of the study published March 10 in the online journal eLife. While the findings are promising, experts note that results from animal studies often do not pan out in human trials. According to the researchers, genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, affecting about 500 million people worldwide. Genital herpes is transmitted during sex or from a ... Read more

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Health Tip: What Causes a Cold Sore?

Posted 12 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

-- A cold sore is a painful sore that often forms on the lips or around the mouth. While a cold sore is caused by the herpes virus, many factors can act as triggers. The American Academy of Dermatology says potential triggers include: Feeling run down, stressed or tired. Having the flu, a fever or a cold. Being exposed to the sun. Having hormonal changes as a result of pregnancy or menstruation. Having an injury or trauma to the face from a cut, dental work, shaving or surgery. Read more

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Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 24 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 – The virus that causes common cold sores – herpes simplex – might increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, two studies by Swedish researchers suggest. In fact, being a carrier of certain antibodies to the virus can double the risk of Alzheimer's disease, the researchers found. "The identification of a treatable cause [herpes simplex] of the most common dementia disorder is a breakthrough," said lead researcher Dr. Hugo Lovheim, an associate professor in the department of community medicine and rehabilitation at Umea University in Sweden. "Whether treatment of herpes infection with antiviral drugs may slow the Alzheimer's progression is not known, but is certainly worth investigating in clinical studies," he said. But others aren't so sure that there's a clear cause and effect relationship between herpes simplex and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Sam Gandy, director ... Read more

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Cold Sore Virus Active Without Symptoms, Study Finds

Posted 31 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 – The virus that causes cold sores – herpes simplex type 1 – remains active even in the absence of symptoms, according to a new study. Researchers in Australia found there's an ongoing struggle in the cells of people infected with the virus. This explains why some people with the virus never develop cold sores and why others get them only occasionally. The authors said the findings could lead to the development of new treatments. "We thought when the disease was dormant, it was a truce. It turns out that the virus is waking up more often than we thought, but our cells are constantly pushing it down," said David Tscharke, associate professor in the Research School of Biology at Australian National University. "When we thought there was nothing going on we had no targets to look at. Now [that] we know there is an interaction, we can look for ways to help the ... Read more

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Frequent Cold Sores Tied to Genetic Mutation in Study

Posted 17 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 17 – A gene mutation explains why some people develop cold sores while others do not, according to a new study. Cold sores – blisters that appear on and around the lips – are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Between 80 percent and 90 percent of people are infected with the virus, but only about one-quarter of them get frequent cold sores. Scottish researchers analyzed blood samples from people affected by cold sores and found that they have a mutation in a gene called IL28b. This mutation means the body can't mount an adequate immune response to HSV-1. "Most people carry the cold sore strain of the herpes simplex virus, but until now we never knew why only some of them develop cold sores," Professor Juergen Haas, of the University of Edinburgh, said in a university news release. "Knowing that susceptibility to the virus involved relates to people's ... Read more

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BioAlliance Pharma's Sitavig Receives FDA Approval for the Treatment of Herpes Labialis

Posted 18 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

Paris, April 15, 2013 – BioAlliance Pharma SA (Euronext Paris - BIO), today announced the receipt of marketing authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Sitavig in the treatment of recurring Herpes labialis, marking the successful conclusion to the assessment procedure carried out by the American authorities. After Loramyc®, registered in 26 countries including the United States, BioAlliance Pharma for the second time has successfully passed the FDA review. The registration of Sitavig, developed internally, shows once again the teams’ capacity and expertise. Based on proprietary Lauriad® technology, Sitavig comes in the form of a mucoadhesive tablet which the patient places on the gum and which delivers a high concentration of acyclovir directly to the lip, the site of the cold sore infection. In a phase III international study conducted on 775 patients, Sitavig ... Read more

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Scientists ID Gene That Predicts Chances of Cold Sores

Posted 2 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2 – Scientists have identified the first gene associated with frequent herpes-related cold sores. The herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) affects more than 70 percent of the U.S. population. Once the virus infects the body it is never removed by the immune system. It's transported to nerve cell bodies, where it remains dormant until reactivated. A cold sore on or around the mouth is the most common visible symptom of HSV-1 reactivation. "Researchers believe that three factors contribute to HSV-1 reactivation – the virus itself, exposure to environmental factors and genetic susceptibility," study first author Dr. John Kriesel, a research associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Utah School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "The goal of our investigation was to define genes linked to cold sore frequency." He and his team conducted ... Read more

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Scientists Identify Gene Linked to Cold Sores

Posted 28 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 28 – Researchers have identified a certain gene associated with susceptibility to herpes simplex labialis, more commonly known as cold sores. People who carry this gene may have more frequent and severe outbreaks of the small blister-like lesions that appear around the mouth, the new study said. The researchers noted that their findings could lead to the development of new treatments for the herpes simplex virus type 1, which infects 70 percent of the U.S. population, according to a news release from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In the study, investigators identified an area on human chromosome 21 among 618 people from 43 large families where six genes that have been previously linked to cold sores are located. They found one gene in particular, known as C21orf91, was linked to more frequent outbreaks. "While these findings await confirmation in a larger, ... Read more

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Skin Infections Can Spread Easily Among Athletes

Posted 13 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 11 – In addition to the collegiality and competitive spirit that typifies team sports, one dermatologist cautions that players may be sharing something far less desirable: contagious skin infections. "Outbreaks of ringworm, herpes and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have occurred at the high school, collegiate and professional level throughout the world," dermatologist Dr. Brian B. Adams, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. "These skin conditions are highly contagious and can spread through sports teams quite quickly, especially if they are not immediately diagnosed and contained. That is why athletes need to be aware of these risks and how to spot the warning signs of a skin infection," he noted. Adams is scheduled to discuss the role played by bacterial, viral and fungus-based infections in team ... Read more

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