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Rare Chlamydia Strain Infecting Gay Men
The Washington Post ^ | February 6, 2006 | Lauran Neergaard

Posted on 02/06/2006 2:55:11 PM PST by DBeers

WASHINGTON -- A particularly bad strain of chlamydia not usually seen in this country appears to be slowly spreading among gay and bisexual men, an infection that can increase their chances of getting or spreading the AIDS virus.

Called LGV chlamydia, this sexually transmitted disease has caused a worrisome outbreak in Europe, where some countries have confirmed dozens of cases. Diagnoses confirmed by U.S. health officials still are low, just 27 since they warned a year ago that the strain was headed here.

But specialists say that's undoubtedly a fraction of the infections, because this illness is incredibly hard to diagnose: Few U.S. clinics and laboratories can test for it. Painful symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses, such as irritable bowel syndrome.

And because LGV chlamydia doesn't always cause noticeable symptoms _ right away, at least _ an unknown number of people may silently harbor and spread it, along with an increased risk of HIV transmission.

"My feeling is that what we're seeing now is still the tip of the iceberg," says Dr. Philippe Chiliade of the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C., which diagnosed its first few cases of LGV last month and is beginning to push for asymptomatic men to be screened.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already was counting an 8 percent increase in HIV among gay and bisexual men between 2003 and 2004, before LGV's arrival was recognized.

"We are really concerned about this," says Dr. Catherine McLean of CDC's HIV and STD prevention program.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cdc; chlamydia; deathwish; diseasevector; dumbsex; eradicatevector; homosexualagenda; kidsnext; sickhomos; std; vd; vectorvictor; willspread2children
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"My feeling is that what we're seeing now is still the tip of the iceberg,"

DUH...

1 posted on 02/06/2006 2:55:13 PM PST by DBeers
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To: DBeers

well i'm shocked.....


2 posted on 02/06/2006 2:55:49 PM PST by Will_Zurmacht
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To: DBeers

Just waiting for some "Typhoid Mary" Male Flight atttendant to bring it here to the US.


3 posted on 02/06/2006 2:56:50 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: DBeers

This disease spreads through a lack of federal funding. Like AIDS.


4 posted on 02/06/2006 2:56:52 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: DBeers

Tip of something, anyway.


5 posted on 02/06/2006 2:56:57 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: DBeers
News Flash! Disease Carriers Incubate Diseases!
6 posted on 02/06/2006 2:57:02 PM PST by Shalom Israel (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.)
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To: DBeers

IT's from all that Brokeback Mountin'...


7 posted on 02/06/2006 2:58:41 PM PST by Blzbba (Sub sole nihil novi est)
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To: DBeers
Burnback Mountain
8 posted on 02/06/2006 2:58:58 PM PST by Vision ("There are no limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence" Ronald Reagan)
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"We are really concerned about this," says Dr. Catherine McLean of CDC's HIV and STD prevention program.

So, no doubt they'll handle it like AIDS and make it illegal to identify or discriminate against anyone who carries it.

9 posted on 02/06/2006 2:59:25 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: DBeers

LGV is neither rare nor confined to gays.


10 posted on 02/06/2006 3:00:21 PM PST by Jim Noble (And you know what I'm talkin' 'bout)
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Hmmmm... "spreading among gay and bisexual men" -what pray tell could be causing this among "gay and bisexual" men? One would think someone would analyze the data and issue some specific warnings. I would hope that political correctness does not supercede societal health matters -if it did one might think there was some agenda being promoted or promulated...

11 posted on 02/06/2006 3:00:55 PM PST by DBeers ()
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Another "gift that keeps on giving".


12 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01:13 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: DBeers

Didn't cover this in Brokeback Mountain did they?


13 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01:24 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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Nature's way of telling you something's wrong.


14 posted on 02/06/2006 3:01:42 PM PST by polymuser (Losing, like flooding, brings rats to the surface.)
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To: DBeers

Will this be in the next episode of "Queer Eye"?


15 posted on 02/06/2006 3:02:06 PM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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geez. i guess this is gonna get the green monkeys off the hook for a while.


16 posted on 02/06/2006 3:03:04 PM PST by pipecorp (Let's have a CRUSADE! , the muslims never stopped. a 2010 useless reply odyssey.)
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To: finnman69

"Bareback Mounted"


17 posted on 02/06/2006 3:04:13 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (Liberals-beyond your expectations!)
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Painful symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses, such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Ugh. I didn't need that reminder of where gays get infected with STD's. GROSS!!!!!!

18 posted on 02/06/2006 3:04:38 PM PST by PLK
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To: Shalom Israel
Medical Love Song (by Eric Idle and Graham Chapman, M.D.)
19 posted on 02/06/2006 3:04:44 PM PST by Sooth2222
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To: DBeers

[Rare Chlamydia Strain Infecting Gay Men]



So if I want to avoid getting this disease, I just need to NOT have sex with other men.

NO PROBLEM!


20 posted on 02/06/2006 3:05:21 PM PST by spinestein (All journalists today are paid advocates for someone's agenda.)
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