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Syphilis is Alive and Kicking

The old ‘french disease’ doesn’t get much of a look in these days but it’s time to take a look at what is still an easily spread and potentially fatal STI. As alarmist as that sounds, leaving syphilis untreated can do some serious health damage to the eyes, heart and brain. When we think of syphilis we think of the plays of Ibsen or famous historical figures like Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde, but, contraction of this disease is not reserved for the bumbling genius of another era. It’s alive and kicking today and ready to pounce, as much at the local nightclub as it was at one of Shakespeare’s Roundhouse productions. Although not the major threat it was to the public health of yesteryear thanks to the discovery of penicillin, it’s still important to make sure the rate of infection doesn’t escalate. More information on what to look out for is found at the FPA website.

 

This common disease is caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum and the rate of infection has been rising slowly but surely throughout the 00’s. There are three different stages of infection, each accompanied by their own unique symptom pattern. With the primary stage of infection, sores will develop in and around the genital area, usually occurring around three weeks after infection. The sores look like an insect bite and are often painless. They’ll heal all by themselves too but if insect bites seem like an unusual reason for such sores, it is worth getting tested. More details about the symptons are at this men's health website. Read More...

Mycoplasma Genitalium Drug Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a topic that often crops us in scientific conferences and has been widely covered by mainstream media over the past few years and the NHS has run an awareness campaign. The most recent area to be scrutinised has been resistance to macrolide antibiotics when treating mycoplasma genitalium. In light of a recent study, we reconsider the debate to see whether the new perspective offers new insight or new misconceptions.

 

Three commonly prescribed antibiotics are part of the macrolide antibiotic family. You can read more about macrolides here. These include erythromycin, clarithomycin and azithromycin. It has been argued that prior antibiotic use is the main risk factor for developing macrolide resistance. Since 1990, the increase of macrolide resistance has been substantial however this has not merely been for treatment for mycoplasma genitalium. Read More...

STIs Prevalent in Gay Men

STIs - One of the Biggest Health Concerns

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections remain one of the biggest health worries all around the world. Even though awareness regarding safe sex practices is growing, there is still a lot of work to be done. The group where the awareness seems to be lacking the most is of gay men as there is no sign of a decline in STIs which are prevalent in gay men. It might be due to the fact that gay men don’t give much importance of safe sexual practices or it might be because they don’t know that transmissions are more frequent among gay men as compared to heterosexual men. 

The Rapid Increase in Diagnosis of STIs in Gay Men

UK has been waging a strong battle against STIs and STDs and a number of campaigns have been launched in recent years to increase awareness about STIs and STDs, to encourage people to take STI tests and to help people understand why it is necessary to adopt safe sex practices. This is why a small yet encouraging change in the number of STI cases in the past year in the UK can be considered a success. A total of 439,243 cases of STIs came out in England across all kinds of groups in 2014 which is 0.3% lesser than the cases that were observed in 2013.  Read More...

Ureaplasma Urealyticum Implicated in Fertility Problems

Ureaplasma Urealyticum Implicated in Fertility Problems

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections are always considered dangerous because they can cause various complications if left untreated. The fact that undiagnosed STDs and STIs can infiltrate other humans makes them all the more dangerous. This is why a lot of stress is put on promotion awareness about STDs and STIs, on regular testing for STDs and STIs and on practice of safe sex. 

Ureaplasma Urealyticum is one of the most dangerous sexually transmitted infections and is unfortunately one of the most widespread as well. While there have been reports for a while that if cases of Ureaplasma Urealyticum is left untreated, it can cause complications in males that would lead to fertility. However, there were no scientific grounds for these claims yet. However, recent research suggests that infections like Chlamydia, gonorrhea, E-Coli, syphilis and Ureaplasma Urealyticum can lead to decreased function of the sperm as well as decreased life of the sperm. The more the infection stays in the body, the more complicated the problem becomes and this is why it is more important than ever that ureaplasma Urealyticum and other STIs are diagnosed as early as possible. This is one of the reasons why fertility patients are advised to get a Ureaplasma screen. Read More...

Treating Chest Infections

Chest infections: we've all had them

There is a small number of sicknesses we've all have gone through, often more than once. We all know how a cold or a fever makes you feel. These are caused by very common infections, and they often heal by themselves in a matter of days. They rarely cause complications, especially if we don't have risk factors, and a pill and some rest usually do the job. 

Most chest infections fall under this category. Chest infections happen when tiny creatures like viruses and germs get inside our respiratory system, causing some symptoms. The body fights back with its resources, tying to kill the microorganisms inside of it and clean itself; fever serves the first purpose, and coughing and muccus the second.  Read More...

Chlamydia on Rampage in Popular Holiday Destination

Tourists from Britain in Magaluf, a hotspot for sun, booze and sex, have pointed out that Chlamydia is spreading fast among horny party-lovers. There are tweets stating that Britons are frequently seen queuing at the clinic in Majorca Resort for treatment of this disease. Research has indicated that many young people in Britain have unprotected sex when they spend their holidays in worldwide nightlife resorts such as Magaluf, leading to a serious chlamydia epidemic.

Generally, in 2015, 434,456 STIs were diagnosed in clinics specialized in sexual health, which was lower by 3% than the last year. Most of the decrease was in Chlamydia diagnoses, which reduced by 4%, with 46% of all STIs, that is, 200,288 cases. Read More...

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