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Gonorrhea

“Complications related to…” is a neat little phrase put on death certificates that can be horribly misleading. Most people understand that with even a mild disease, one thing can lead to another until you’ve got some pretty serious complications (TV dramas about doctors have been around for decades, I’m sure you’ve seen at least one)—and […]

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Antibiotic resistance is here, and not just prevention, but alternative treatments are going to become increasingly important while we search for new lines of antibiotics. What kind of steps can you take? Hand washing is big—it can prevent a lot of infections before they start. And taking more care of yourself will become increasingly important, […]

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A gonorrhea superbug—a strain that has become antibiotic resistant—-has spread from Japan to Hawaii to California since its discovery in 2011. It’s particularly virulent, leading some to claim that it may actually be more of a threat than HIV. As scary as AIDS was, it isn’t that aggressive. Hep C, for instance, can survive for […]

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Gonorrhea: Curable No More

January 10, 2013

Antibiotic resistant Gonorrhea has now been found in North America. In Europe, it accounts for 1 in 10 STD infections. American doctors are down to one antibiotic that can be officially prescribed for Gonorrhea—an injection known as ceftriaxone—but it may not last long, as Gonorrhea continues to develop antibiotic resistance. It’s already estimated that there […]

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STD Rates Rising

December 14, 2012

The CDC is reporting that STD cases are up this year—8% for chlamydia, 4% for gonorrhea. Mostly, young people and homosexual men are affected, but the numbers are up across the board. STD symptoms can often go unnoticed, especially in women. Over years, they can cause scarring, sterility, lead to secondary infections, and potentially spread […]

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