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  • Over the past few years, STDs including syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, have been on the rise in both the U.S. and South Florida. And according to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), these diseases are also becoming less treatable.

  • A new study now reveals that bisexual men are most at risk from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Are gay and bi men giving up on safe sex? According to a new study, they may be.

  • NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time in three decades, the nation's most common sexually transmitted disease is a little less common.

  • In the battle against HIV/AIDS, many people often forget or dismiss other sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, which go undiagnosed and can increase the likelihood of contracting HIV. Toward the end of December 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their 2013 data of STDs in the United States. The data are based on state and local STD case reports from a variety of private and public sources. They indicate that the majority of these cases are not being reported in STD clinics, but rather in private physician offices or health organizations.

  • In mid-September, scientists from the CDC and other major researchers from around the world gathered in Australia at the 21st Meeting of the International Society of STD Researchers. One study in particular that was presented by CDC looks at a troubling increase in gonorrhea among gay and bisexual men (GBMSM).

  • U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports having the procedure done and health insurers should pay for it.

  • CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. sexually transmitted diseases epidemic is increasing and the most common infection, chlamydia, has risen to record levels, government officials say.

  • The first time I contracted gonorrhea, which in my day was affectionately called The Clap, I was 20 years old and had just moved to West Hollywood, California. It was 1981, disco was still thumping in the bars, and the bathhouses were packed. My dance card was filled.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the rate of new syphilis cases is skyrocketing nationwide. Florida is at the forefront of the trend – leading the country in new syphilis cases. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is looking to stem the tide on that trend.

  • CJ Riehl never liked how clinic workers treated him when he would get tested for sexually transmitted diseases and infections. 

  • As more states debate legislation banning the practice of gay conversion therapy on minors, noted ex-gay organization International Healing Foundation (IHF) has re-branded to expand their mission to approach prevention and family counseling. Don't worry though, the organization, now named the Institute for Healthy Families (also IHF) will still pray the gay away as long as its legal.

  • NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- An AIDS organization put up billboards linking Tinder and Grindr to sexually transmitted diseases. And Tinder is furious.

  • (AP) Indiana's syphilis cases surged 70 percent in a single year, a state health official said Monday, urging health care providers to aggressively test patients for the sexually transmitted disease.

  • (EDGE) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show a 15 percent increase in the number of syphilis infections from 2013 to 2014 alone. Two new studies presented at the 2016 STD Prevention Conference suggest that syphilis is taking a particularly severe toll on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), especially in the South.

  • (EDGE) Due to the stigma surrounding STDs, people often turn to the internet for answers instead of seeking proper medical attention. GetTested.com mapped out the 'Most Googled STDs Per State' to find out what Americans wanted to know about their sexual health. 

  • As Pride Fort Lauderdale re-launched its brand over the weekend, the fledgling organization saw familiar issues surface.

  • As HIV becomes a more manageable disease, the difference in severity between its outcome and that of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) also decreases. Syphilis, hepatitis C, and human papilloma virus (HPV) all pose serious health risks. Syphilis can damage the heart, the brain, and nervous system. From 1996 to 2016, diagnoses of infectious syphilis in Broward increased by 906 percent. Hep C can lead to liver cancer. HPV can lead to anal cancer. All can lead to death.

  • Seven people in Hawaii felt the burn last too long.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its latest STD data for 2012.

    It’s all wrapped up in a report called Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2012— the whole thing is available online for free.

    The data focuses on “the three nationally reported STDs,” or gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia. While reported cases of congenital syphilis actually decreased by a whopping 10 percent since 2011, cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia both rose:

    Gonorrhea

    • Cases reported in 2012: 334,826
    • Rate per 100,000 people: 107.5; 4.1% increase since 2011
    • Cases reported in 2012: 15,667
    • Rate per 100,000 people: 5.0; 11.1% increase since 2011; the rate increase was solely among men, particularly gay and bisexual men
    • Cases reported in 2012: 322
    • Rate per 100,000 live births: 7.8; 10% decrease since 2011
    • Cases reported in 2012: 1,422,976
    • Rate per 100,000 people: 456.7; overall stable (increase of 0.7%) since 2011

    Syphilis (primary and secondary)

    • Cases reported in 2012: 15,667
    • Rate per 100,000 people: 5.0; 11.1% increase since 2011; the rate increase was solely among men, particularly gay and bisexual men

    Syphilis (congenital)

    • Cases reported in 2012: 322
    • Rate per 100,000 live births: 7.8; 10% decrease since 2011

    Chlamydia

    • Cases reported in 2012: 1,422,976
    • Rate per 100,000 people: 456.7; overall stable (increase of 0.7%) since 2011

    “While STDs threaten the health and well-being of millions of Americans overall, young people bear the greatest burden of all three STDs,” the report reads. “Youth aged 15 to 24 have the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea, and those aged 20-24 have the highest rates of syphilis. CDC estimates that 24,000 women become infertile each year due to undiagnosed/untreated STDs.”

    But even with all this data, it’s just not enough, according to the report.

    “Many cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis continue to go undiagnosed and unreported, and data on several additional STDs — such as human papillomavirus, herpes simplex virus, and trichomoniasis — are not routinely reported

    to CDC,” a fact sheet of the study reads. “As a result, the annual surveillance report captures only a fraction of the true burden of STDs in America. However, it provides important insights into the scope and trends in STD diagnoses in the country.”

     

     

  • NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say syphilis has reached its highest level since 1995 with the increase all in men.