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New Hope in Search for Vaccine Against Gonorrhea

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – A vaccine to protect people from the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea may be one step closer to reality, New Zealand researchers report. That's welcome news, because gonorrhea appears to be eluding treatment efforts to control the disease. Antibiotics are the only available treatment, but strains of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea have developed, according to U.S. health officials. "Despite efforts, a gonorrhea vaccine with any clinical effect has eluded development for over 100 years," said lead researcher Helen Petousis-Harris, a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland. "We have found a vaccine that prevented about one-third of gonorrhea in those who received it in a real-life situation. It is far from perfect, but it is a leap in the right direction," she said. Called MeNZB vaccine, it was developed to control a meningitis epidemic in New Zealand ... Read more

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Most U.S. Teens Aren't 'Doing It'

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Sex is everywhere in the media, and so you may be convinced that today's teens are always looking to "hook-up." But new federal research says it's just not so. Instead, the study found that most teenagers in high school aren't sexually active. "The myth is that every kid in high school is having sex, and it's not true," noted Dr. Cora Breuner, a professor of pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital, who reviewed the findings. "It's less than half, and it's been less than half for more than 10 years," she said. The study found that only 42 percent of girls and 44 percent of boys aged 15 to 19 reported having sex at least once. And Breuner said that finding is nothing new. Going back to 2002, fewer than half of older teens told researchers that they are sexually active, federal data show. Further, most teens who choose to go all the way wind up losing their ... Read more

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Adding in Prescription for Partner Boosts STD Care

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – States that let doctors prescribe drugs to treat chlamydia or gonorrhea in both partners when only one makes an office visit have lower rates of the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a new U.S. study finds. The approach, called expedited partner therapy (EPT), is allowed in 38 states. University of Michigan researchers analyzed reported chlamydia cases from 2000 to 2013. In states where EPT is barred, the average increase in chlamydia infections was 17.5 cases per 100,000 people per year. This compared with 14 cases per 100,000 in states where EPT is allowed, the study found. "We know that to most effectively treat and prevent STDs, we have to consider both the infected patient and his or her partners," lead author Dr. Okeoma Mmeje said in a university news release. She is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Mmeje said there are many ... Read more

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Zika's Set to Return to Mainland U.S., But Budget Cuts Threaten Response

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – The Zika virus will strike the continental United States again this summer, and looming federal budget cuts will make it hard for local officials to curb its spread, public health experts said Wednesday. The experts believe it's a foregone conclusion that more local Zika outbreaks will occur on the U.S. mainland in the coming months, much like what happened in Miami and Brownsville, Texas, last summer. "We can virtually guarantee there will be activity, particularly along the Gulf region," said Michael Osterholm. He directs the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Local health departments will shoulder the burden of any response to a local Zika outbreak, infection control experts said during a media briefing hosted by the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO). Funding authorized by Congress last ... Read more

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Most Patients Not Shy About Revealing Sexual Orientation

Posted 24 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 – Far more patients than expected are willing to reveal their sexual orientation when they visit the emergency room, a new study finds. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Academy of Medicine recommend routine collection of sexual orientation information in health care settings. In 2015, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordered electronic health record companies to allow for it. But few hospitals routinely collect that information, no clear guidelines say how it should done, and many have warned that patients would resist. The new study underscores deep differences in how health care providers and patients view the issue. Nearly 8 out of 10 providers surveyed nationwide thought patients would decline to reveal their sexual orientation. Just over 10 percent of patients said they would refuse. The study was published ... Read more

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What to Know About Online Dating Sites

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 – If you're looking for love, chances are you'll at least consider – if not turn to – online dating sites. But how can you make a successful romantic computer connection? Experts say that one key is picking the right dating sites. First, consider the old adage that you get what you pay for. Free sites may be more appealing to those who are just looking. Sites that charge a monthly fee may attract people more interested in a real relationship. Deciding what you're truly looking for in a partner can help narrow your choices. A so-called matchmaking site might be your best bet for a long-term relationship. Other sites are geared more to casual dating. Also consider niche-dating sites, based on a shared religion or special interests. Read reviews of dating websites and also ask friends for recommendations. Once you've found someone who looks interesting, make ... Read more

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Illness From 'Kissing Bug' Now Widespread in U.S.

Posted 18 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – It's spread by an insect that's often called the "kissing bug." And now, the parasitic infection know as Chagas disease is prevalent in the United States, new research shows. Investigators tested nearly 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County in California. They found that 1.3 percent had Chagas disease, which can cause life-threatening heart damage if not treated early. "Less than 1 percent with the infection are receiving treatment for Chagas disease," said study author Sheba Meymandi. Meymandi is director of the Center of Excellence for Chagas Disease at Olive View-University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. Chagas disease is caused by a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, which is transmitted by the triatomine bug – also called the "kissing bug" – found throughout the Americas. About 30 percent of infected people develop ... Read more

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Syphilis Rates Spike Among U.S. Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 – Syphilis rates among gay and bisexual men have skyrocketed in the past two decades, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. In 2015, gay and bisexual men accounted for more than 60 percent of early stage syphilis cases overall. And the national rate of early stage syphilis for this group was estimated to be at 309 cases per 100,000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That rate was 106 times higher than the rate among heterosexual men and 168 times higher than the rate among women, the CDC report noted. "I think we need to step back and examine gay and bisexual men beyond the stats on syphilis," said Fred Wyand, spokesman for the American Sexual Health Association. These men are vulnerable for many reasons, including social factors placing them at higher risk for a number of tough health outcomes, he explained. "Better access to ... Read more

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4 in 10 U.S. Adults Under 60 Carry HPV

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 – Nearly half of American men and women under 60 are infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), putting them at risk for certain cancers, federal health officials reported Thursday. More than 45 percent of men were infected with genital HPV in 2013-2014, while 25 percent were infected with high-risk genital HPV. At the same time, about 40 percent of women carried genital HPV, while almost 20 percent had high-risk genital HPV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some types of HPV can cause genital warts and are considered low risk, with a small chance for causing cancer, the CDC report said. Other types are believed to be high risk and can cause cancer in different parts of the body. Those areas include the cervix and vagina in women, the penis in men, and the anus and neck in both genders. However, the HPV vaccine has the ... Read more

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Health Risks Grow as Young People Born With HIV Age

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – Teens and young adults who were infected with HIV near the time of birth are at increased risk for serious health problems and death, a new study finds. "Despite being engaged in health care, the number of deaths among youth born with HIV in the U.S. is 6 to 12 times higher than for youth without HIV of the same age, sex and race," said study leader Dr. Anne Neilan. She is an infectious disease fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Neilan and her hospital colleagues analyzed 2007-2015 data from more than 1,400 young Americans who were infected with HIV – the virus that causes AIDS – when they were born. Those between the ages of 13 and 30 were more likely to have what doctors call poor HIV control. That means they had higher levels of the virus and lower levels of the immune cells that HIV targets. They also were more likely to have AIDS-related ... Read more

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'Synthetic Pot' Tied to Risky Sex, Violence and Drug Abuse in Teens

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Marijuana is often seen as a relatively benign drug that produces a typically mellow high, but new U.S. government research shows that the drugs called synthetic pot appear to be much different. Teens who use synthetic pot are at a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study revealed. Synthetic pot – sometimes called fake weed – covers a variety of drugs sold under hundreds of brand names. Spice and K2 were common brands in the past. Some of the chemicals in fake weed are similar to those in marijuana. These drugs are often marketed as natural and safe. But, they have unpredictable, and in some cases, life-threatening effects, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). And, they have become popular among teens because they are cheap and readily ... Read more

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The Secret to a Good Sex Life

Posted 10 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Couples who regularly have sex tend to be happier, and now a new study suggests one reason why: affection. The study of couples in committed relationships found what many others had shown before: Couples who had sex more often were typically happier and more content with their lives. However, much of that link seemed to be explained not by sex itself, but by couples' general levels of affection – whether that meant cuddling or whispering sweet-nothings to each other. It all suggests that the "relational aspects of sexuality – and more specifically, the sharing of affection – are central in understanding why sex does good," said lead researcher Anik Debrot. That might be good news for people who worry about things like sexual performance or having a "perfect body," according to Debrot. Instead, they could "remember that sex is a great way to share an intimate ... Read more

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Baby Boomers Get an 'F' for Hep C Testing

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Despite recommendations, too few American baby boomers are tested for hepatitis C, a new study reveals. In 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised all Americans born between 1945 and 1965 to get a one-time test for hepatitis C virus. "Prevalence of [hepatitis C virus] testing among baby boomers did not substantially increase and remains low two years after the USPSTF recommendation in 2013," Ahmedin Jemal of the American Cancer Society's surveillance and health services research program, and colleagues reported. Of the estimated 3.5 million Americans who have the virus, 80 percent are baby boomers. And most don't know they are infected with the contagious liver disease, the researchers explained. Treatment is needed to reduce the risk of related diseases, such as chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer, the study authors added. ... Read more

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Your Sex Life May Work Wonders for Your Work Life

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – What makes for a happy, productive worker? It could be a good sex life. At least that's the suggestion of a new study that included 159 married employees who were surveyed daily for two weeks. Those who had sex were in a better mood at work the next day, which led to higher levels of work engagement and job satisfaction. The beneficial effects that sex had on work were equally strong for men and women and lasted for at least 24 hours. "We make jokes about people having a 'spring in their step,' but it turns out this is actually a real thing and we should pay attention to it," said study author Keith Leavitt, an associate professor at Oregon State University's College of Business. "Maintaining a healthy relationship that includes a healthy sex life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work, which benefits the employees and the organizations they ... Read more

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Risk of Birth Defects 20 Times Higher for Zika Moms: CDC

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Pregnant women infected with the Zika virus are 20 times more likely to have a baby born with certain birth defects as mothers who gave birth before the Zika epidemic began, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Even worse, "when you look just at brain abnormalities and microcephaly, what we are seeing is more than 30 times higher than the prevalence before Zika was introduced to the Americas," said Margaret Honein. She is chief of the birth defects branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With microcephaly, babies are born with a smaller-than-normal head and an underdeveloped brain. Since the mosquito-borne virus first began to spread through South America in April 2015, thousands of babies have been born with Zika-linked microcephaly. The large majority have been born in Brazil, but the consequences of Zika infection during pregnancy ... Read more

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