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Gonorrhea May Become Untreatable Due to Resistance, Experts Warn

Neisseria gonorrhoeae,the bacteria that cause gonorrhea, are becoming increasingly resistant to existing drugs and more difficult to treat in the U.S., public health experts warn in the February 9, 2012, New England Journal of Medicine.


STD Report Shows Small Rise Overall, Higher Rates for People of Color, Young Gay Men

Reported cases of gonorrhea rose slightly and syphilis declined somewhat during 2010, but the syphilis rate among young black men has increased dramatically over the past 5 years, largely driven by increases among men who have sex with men (MSM), according to the latest sexually transmitted disease (STD) surveillance report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).alt

Oral Tenofovir Does Not Reduce Herpes Virus Shedding

HIV positive people who took tenofovir (Viread, also in the Truvada and Atripla combination pills) as part of their antiretroviral regimen were no less likely to shed herpes simplex virus 1 or 2 (HSV-1 or HSV-2) than individuals using non-tenofovir regimens, according to research described in the January 14, 2011, issue of AIDS. These findings are notable because a recent microbicide study found that a tenofovir gel reduced the likelihood of HSV-2 infection.

Sexual Partners Should Get Expedited Treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

Male sexual partners of women diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea should be prescribed antibiotics in an effort to prevent passing infections back and forth, according to new guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).alt

U.S. Sexually Transmitted Disease Rates Remain High, with a Resurgence of Syphilis among Gay Men

Rates of 3 sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) -- chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis -- remain high in the U.S., according to the latest epidemiological data issued last week in a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These infections can be cured, but can cause serious complications if untreated and can increase the risk of HIV acquisition and transmission. High STD rates among African-Americans and teens are particularly alarming, and men who have sex with men account for the greatest prevalence of syphilis, which has made a comeback after nearly being eliminated.

Genital Herpes Virus Can Spread Despite Lack of Symptoms

People without genital sores or other symptoms can still shed and transmit herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) during sex, according to a recent U.S. study. alt