Friday, October 20, 2006

News Brief

Still with the wrap it up campaign and most people with full knowledge that there are many diseases out there that are transmitted sexually people are still having unprotect sex getting infected and within the next three months getting infected again. I guess because there is a magic pill out there it is all good.
They could not learn their lesson the first time, it happens. Instead they keep going and going and before their next oil change they have contracted the same disease. Ever heard that saying, "if you don’t learn from the past you are doomed to repeat it. " That is true in so many ways.

Well I found a website.. Sponsored by the Kinsey Institute they give out free condoms. Enjoy

The Article from Yahoo News

Many STD patients reinfected within months By Amy Norton Mon Oct 16, 8:53 PM ET NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many patients who are treated for chlamydia infection, vaginal trichomoniasis or gonorrhea are infected again within months, U.S. researchers reported Monday. The findings, they say, suggest that anyone diagnosed chlamydia infection or gonorrhea should return to their doctor in three months to be re-tested.People can't rely on symptoms to tell them they're infected, said study leader Dr. Thomas A. Peterman, a researcher with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."These infections are often asymptomatic," Peterman told Reuters Health. "and that's why we need to do re-screening."His team's findings, to be published in Tuesday's issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, are based on the evaluation of 2,419 patients seen at one of three urban STD clinics. The men were diagnosed with either chlamydial infection or gonorrhea, while the women had one of these STDs or infection with vaginal trichomoniasis.Peterman and his colleagues followed the patients for one year, re-testing them for each of these STDs every three months.They found that 25.6 percent of the women developed a new infection during the follow-up period -- sometimes with the same STD, sometimes with one of the other two. Among the men, 14.7 percent developed a new chlamydia or gonorrhea infection.The risk of reinfection was high at the first three-month screening, the study found, and it remained so for the entire one-year follow-up.Right now, the CDC recommends that women diagnosed with chlamydia be re-screened three months later. The new findings suggest men should follow similar advice, according to Peterman. They also support routine re-testing of men and women with gonorrhea.Although women with trichomoniasis were at risk of repeat STD infection, Peterman said he was "a little more hesitant" to recommend routine re-testing in these cases. Past studies have yielded similar findings when it comes to chlamydia and gonorrhea, he explained, but the overall evidence is not as strong for trichomoniasis.Of men and women who did develop new STD infections during the study, two thirds had no symptoms when diagnosed. So people should not assume they don't need repeat testing because they feel fine, according to Peterman.The high risk of reinfection in the study also points to a need for greater STD prevention, the study authors say. An important step is for infected individuals' partners to be tested."It's critical that your partner also gets treated," Peterman said.He also advised that people diagnosed with an STD "think about" their sexual behavior -- whether they have multiple partners or have unprotected sex, for example -- and make changes that can lower their infection risk.