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Bear60
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LGV Chlamydia
      02/07/06 12:25 PM

I thought this news item in todays INQUIRER was of some interest to us gay men. Its about a "bad strain of chlamydia not usually seen in this country". It "appears to be spreading among gay and bisexual men possibly increasing their chances of getting or spreading the AIDS virus." I am not making this up guys.
LGV Chlamydia, " this sexually transmitted disease has caused an outbreak in Europe, where some countries have confirmed dozens of cases. Diagnoses confirmed by US health officials still are low, just 27 since they warned a year ago that the strain was headed here".
" But specialists say that is undoubtedly a fraction of the infections, because this illness is incredibly hard to diagnose: Few US clinics and laboratories can test for it. Painful symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses, such as irritable bowl symdrome."
"And because LGV chlamydia does not always cause noticible symptoms- right away at least- an unknown number of people may silently harbor and spread it, along with an increased risk of HIV".
""My feeling is that what we're seeing now is still the tip of the iceberg," said Philippe Chiliade of the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, which diagnosed its first few cases of LGV last month and is beginning to push for asymtomatic men to be screened."
"This more virulent strain is called lymphogranuloma vereneum or LGV".
The article goes on to say that the Netherlands, Western Europe and Britian have reported up to two new patients a week. "Many also have HIV."
"Three weeks of the antbiotic doxycycline effectively treats LGV.". "But patients have to know they are at risk and get tested."
Well, if that isn't a case for safe sex!!!!! Anybody else heard of this??


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* LGV Chlamydia Bear60 02/07/06 12:25 PM
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