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Illinois Ranks High for Rates of STDs

In recognition of April's designation as National STD Awareness Month, the Illinois Department of Public Health is distributing "Get Yourself Talking, Get Yourself Tested" toolkits to STD clinics and school-based health centers across the state. In 2...

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Warning of Gonorrhea Drugs Risk

Gonorrhea's growing resistance to antibiotics could make treating the STD become much more complex, according to information presented this week at the Society for General Microbiology's spring meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland.

"If this problem isn't ...

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Pennsylvania: Rise in Syphilis, Cuts in Funding a Worry in Philadelphia

Public health workers seeking to thwart the spread of STDs in Philadelphia are facing twin challenges: a sharp rise in syphilis, concurrent with a 34 percent reduction in state funding for city HIV prevention efforts. The lost money would have suppor...

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Canada: Hepatitis C Sufferers Endangering Health to Get Treatment

Strict criteria for treatment eligibility in British Columbia and Ontario are driving some patients infected with hepatitis C virus to inflame their livers deliberately, experts say. Drug plans in these provinces will only provide antiviral treatment...

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Immune Gene May Help Predict Effectiveness of Hepatitis C Therapy

As discussed earlier, newer hepatitis C treatments are currently being studied that hopefully will not only cure more people but will also reduce its many side effects and length of therapy. In the meantime, a gene called IL28B has been found that ma...

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Australia: Warning Over the Dangers of Body Piercing

Over the warmer months in Australia, doctors anticipate the usual seasonal spike in piercing-related infections, and now they are offering advice on how to avoid them.

Less-than-sterile conditions can lead to the spread of disease, warned Dr. Steve ...

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Cervical Cancer Link to Early Sex

Sex at earlier ages may explain the higher risk of cervical cancer among poor women, according to an investigation by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France. Previous theories centered on lower screening rates among the poor ...

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Mississippi: STD Cases Up Among Mississippi Teens

While youths ages 15-19 comprise 7.6 percent of Mississippi's population, in 2008 they accounted for 40.1 percent of reported chlamydia cases, 32.3 percent of gonorrhea cases, 10.5 percent of early syphilis cases, and 7.8 percent of new HIV/AIDS case...

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Missouri: St. Louis No Longer Is Number 1 in 2 STDs

St. Louis ranked second-highest in the number of reported cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia per 100,000 population last year, compared to other US cities and counties, a new CDC report shows. For the past two years, the city ranked first for both dise...

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United Kingdom: HPV Jab Girls Are "Sex Cautious"

Young Manchester girls who received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine said the shots made them more aware about the risks of sex, according to a new survey. The findings might serve as a rebuttal to critics who believe HPV vaccination would make...