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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDS)

  • Meningitis Bacteria Adapting to STI Niche, Genetic Analysis Shows
    Neisseria meningitidis, a bacterium usually associated with meningitis and sepsis, is the cause of a recent cluster of sexually transmitted infections in Columbus, Ohio and in other U.S. cities. The bacterium appears to be adapting to a urogenital environment, an analysis ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover How Chlamydia Bacteria Take Control
    When Chlamydia trachomatis infects a human cell, it faces a huge challenge: It must prevent the cell from triggering programmed cell death to prevent the bacteria from replicating and spreading throughout the body. Since numerous metabolic processes are either missing or ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • HIV Therapy Could Be Contributing to Syphilis Outbreak, Study Suggests
    Drugs used to treat HIV could affect how the body responds to syphilis, inadvertently contributing to a current outbreak, a new study suggests. Syphilis cases in several countries have risen sharply in recent years, primarily affecting men who have sex with men. In this ...More
    January 17, 2017 Posted in News
  • Scientists Develop New Antibiotic for Gonorrhea
    Scientists at the University of York have harnessed the therapeutic effects of carbon monoxide-releasing molecules to develop a new antibiotic which could be used to treat the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhea. ...More
    January 4, 2017 Posted in News
  • Re-Emergence of Syphilis Traced to Pandemic Strain Cluster
    Syphilis has plagued humankind for over 500 years. After the first reported outbreaks struck Europe in 1495, the disease spread rapidly to other continents and swelled to a global pandemic. When treatment with the antibiotic penicillin became available in the mid-twentieth ...More
    December 5, 2016 Posted in News
  • Ancient Hominid Sex Influenced Spread of STIs
    With recent studies proving that almost everyone has a little bit of Neanderthal DNA in them----up to 5 percent of the human genome--- it's become clear our ancestors not only had some serious hominid 'hanky panky' going on, but with it, a potential downside: the spread of ...More
    October 17, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Releases New Treatment Guidelines for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis
    New guidelines for the treatment of three common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are all caused by bacteria and are ...More
    August 30, 2016 Posted in News
  • More Than Three-Quarters of STD-Negative Patients Receive Antibiotics
    A study of emergency department (ED) patients with symptoms of gonorrhea or chlamydia found that three in four patients who were treated with antibiotics actually tested negative for these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to a new study presented at the 43rd ...More
    June 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Screening for Syphilis Recommended for Persons at Increased Risk of Infection
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has found convincing evidence that screening for syphilis infection in asymptomatic, non-pregnant persons at increased risk for infection provides substantial benefit. The report appears in the June 7 issue of JAMA. This is ...More
    June 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Europe Sees Constant Increase in Gonorrhea Infections
    Since 2008, the overall rate of reported gonorrhea infections has more than doubled across Europe, going up from 8 per 100,000 population to 20 cases per 100,000 persons in 2014. ...More
    May 31, 2016 Posted in News
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