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Gonorrhea, syphilis spreading among homosexual men engaging in sexual activity with one another

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
1/9/2014 (3 years ago)
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Many fail to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases

Cases of gonorrhea and syphilis have risen across the United States among actively homosexual men engaging in sexual acts with one another. Officials say this is due to the fact that many are failing to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Some others are prevented from being tested due to limited access to health care. However, few reports are zeroing in on the dangerous sexual behavior which can often lead to such diseases out of fear of being politically incorrect. This has got to end.

Bacterial diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea make it easier for people to acquire serious viral infections. Patients who are screened and treated can help to lower the spread of disease. However, a change of behavior is the greatest prevention.

Bacterial diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea make it easier for people to acquire serious viral infections. Patients who are screened and treated can help to lower the spread of disease. However, a change of behavior is the greatest prevention.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
1/9/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Homosexual men, gonorrhea, syphilis, Chlamydia


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Officials cite a rise in new gonorrhea cases of four percent in 2012. Syphilis that same year jumped 11 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chlamydia, the most common of the bacterial sexually transmitted diseases, gained less than one percent.

All three diseases are easily curable with antibiotics. Gail Bolan, the director of the CDC's STD prevention division says that the sexually active fail to be tested regularly for STDs. This is especially true for syphilis, among homosexual and bisexual men.

"We know that having access to high-quality health care is important to controlling and reducing STDs," Bolan said. "Some of our more-vulnerable populations don't have access. There are a number of men who come in to our clinic for confidential services because they're too embarrassed to see their primary care doctors."

STDs come at a very high price for the U.S. health care system. These diseases cost about $16 billion every year, according to the report.

Poor people living in the American South are especially vulnerable for falling between the cracks in preventative health care, George W. Rutherford, a professor of epidemiology at the University of California at San Francisco, says.

"With most of these populations, having a sexually transmitted disease from having sex with another man is highly stigmatized," he said. "They'd rather not get tested for HIV, syphilis, or whatever. They don't want it to show up on their records."

Bacterial diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea make it easier for people to acquire serious viral infections. Patients who are screened and treated lower the spread of disease.

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which largely took effect this year, expanded U.S. health-insurance coverage mandates to include STD tests for most adults.

There is some good news in the recent statistics. Cases of syphilis present at birth dropped 10 percent over the year. The stable Chlamydia levels were probably due to screening, which has become more common, Rutherford said,

People ages 15 to 24 account for more than half of the annual cases of gonorrhea and Chlamydia. Though young men and young women are affected, undiagnosed STDs cause an estimated 24,000 women to become infertile yearly. Many of these diseases don't cause symptoms, leaving many women with the false hope that nothing is wrong.

Cases of gonorrhea and syphilis have risen across the United States among actively homosexual men engaging in sexual acts with one another. Officials say this is due to the fact that many are failing to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Some others are prevented from being tested due to limited access to health care. However, few reports are zeroing in on the dangerous sexual behavior which can often lead to such diseases out of fear of being politically incorrect.

This has got to end.

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