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July 30, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Bacteria that cause gonorrhea are quickly developing resistance to another antibiotic, and the world may be running out of drugs to cure this venereal disease, Army doctors say. The researchers found that 8 percent of military personnel infected with gonorrhea in Korea had strains of the germ that could withstand spectinomycin, a relatively new drug for treating the venereal disease. Experts expect that this resistance will eventually spread to the United States, where gonorrhea germs are already developing resistance to penicillin and tetracycline.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1988 | By Ron Wolf, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tony Baker, president of Technology Management & Marketing Inc., said the company's new gonorrhea test represents the first commercial application of a biological phenomenon known as genetic transformation. Naturally occurring strains of the gonorrheae bacteria grow best when incubated at body temperature, 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Leonard Zubrzycki, a microbiologist at Temple, used the techniques of genetic engineering to produce a strain of gonorrheae that will not grow in temperatures higher than 30 degrees Celsius (about 86 degrees Fahrenheit)
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December 18, 1986 | By Linda Herskowitz, Inquirer Staff Writer
A penicillin-resistant strain of gonorrhea has spread rapidly in Philadelphia, prompting city health officials to issue a public appeal to eradicate the venereal disease. The disease, called penicillinase-producing Neisseria gonorrhoeae - or PPNG - is no more dangerous than common strains of gonorrhea, but its treatment requires the use of the costly drug spectinomycin, an antibiotic that frequently is used if the patient is allergic to penicillin. Dr. Robert Sharrar, director of the city Health Department's division of disease control, said yesterday that 348 cases of the penicillin-resistant disease had been reported so far this year, but only 26 cases last year.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1988 | By Ron Wolf, Inquirer Staff Writer
Under Corey Wiendecker's microscope, cells of Neisseria gonorrheae appear as a colony of spherical organisms. They congregate in pairs, showing a slightly flattened surface where they abut. These are the insidious creatures responsible for two million reported cases of gonorrhea in the United States each year. Wiendecker, chief microbiologist for Technology Management & Marketing Inc., is preparing a genetically engineered form of the organism developed at Temple University.
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October 13, 1988 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Special to The Inquirer
An Ardmore man will stand trial in Montgomery County Court on charges of raping a 4-year-old girl and infecting her with gonorrhea. Wesley Alfred Jackson, 29, of the 300 block of West Spring Avenue was ordered held for trial Tuesday after a preliminary hearing before District Justice Caroline C. Stine in Ardmore. Jackson will be tried on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory rape, indecent assault and endangering the welfare of children. The Sept.
NEWS
December 16, 1986 | By KIT KONOLIGE, Daily News Staff Writer
A strain of gonorrhea that resists the usual treatment with penicillin has reached epidemic proportions in Philadelphia. An "epidemic alert" was sent to all physicians in the city on Oct. 6 by Dr. Robert G. Sharrar, director of the city Health Department's division of disease control, detailing an "aggressive" program to eradicate the resistant gonorrhea, called PPNG (penicillinase-producing Neisseria gonorrhoeae). There have been 330 cases of PPNG in Philadelphia so far this year, compared to only 26 in 1985, Sharrar said yesterday in a telephone interview.
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February 15, 1990 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Suzanne Colbert knocks on your door, it's rarely cause for celebration. "I make lots of people's days, let me tell you," the public health nurse said with an ironic smile. Usually, Colbert is there to tell you that someone you know very, very well has gonorrhea or syphilis, and you probably have it, too. She shows some disgusting pictures of what untreated venereal diseases can do and suggests that you make an appointment at the Chester County Health Department's clinic soon, like tomorrow.
NEWS
September 28, 1988 | By Robert McSherry and Kristin E. Holmes, Special to The Inquirer
An Ardmore man was arrested yesterday for allegedly raping a 4-year-old girl, and authorities said the charges against him were based in part on medical evidence that he had passed a strain of venereal disease on to his young victim. Lower Merion Township police said tests performed by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta had determined similarities between gonorrhea infecting Wesley Alfred Jackson, 29, of the 300 block of West Spring Avenue, and the same disease infecting the child.
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August 10, 2012 | By Mike Stobbe, Associated Press
ATLANTA - U.S. health officials said Thursday that doctors should consider giving an AIDS prevention pill to women and heterosexual men who are at high risk for getting the virus. The government previously advised doctors to give the once-a-day pill Truvada to high-risk gay and bisexual men only. However, more than a quarter of new HIV cases each year are heterosexuals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "That's not a portion of the epidemic we want to ignore," said Dawn Smith, the CDC physician who was lead author of the new guidance.
NEWS
October 5, 1990 | By Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
The woman was pimping her daughter, police said. Her daughter is 5 years old. The girl was threatened to keep quiet. And she did. No one was likely to have found out her mother forced her to perform oral sex on a stranger, police said. Except the girl contracted gonorrhea in her throat. Police Tuesday night arrested the natural mother of the girl and charged her with four felonies - promoting prostitution, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy, and two misdemeanors - endangering the welfare of a child and corrupting the morals of a child.
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August 10, 2012 | By Mike Stobbe, Associated Press
ATLANTA - U.S. health officials said Thursday that doctors should consider giving an AIDS prevention pill to women and heterosexual men who are at high risk for getting the virus. The government previously advised doctors to give the once-a-day pill Truvada to high-risk gay and bisexual men only. However, more than a quarter of new HIV cases each year are heterosexuals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "That's not a portion of the epidemic we want to ignore," said Dawn Smith, the CDC physician who was lead author of the new guidance.
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April 7, 2011 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Infectious syphilis spiked 45 percent in Philadelphia in 2009. Gonorrhea jumped 36 percent in 2010. Most troubling of all: A new analysis shows that teenagers who have had either one are at 2.5 to 3 times greater risk of contracting far more deadly HIV within the next few years. Teenagers and young adults already make up a quarter of new HIV cases - a statistic that has been steadily rising while numbers for the rest of the city population have started to fall. Mayor Nutter on Thursday will announce the city's biggest new prevention effort in 20 years, beginning with the winning wrapper design for a free new Philadelphia condom - an attempt to make prophylactics fun and, it is hoped, get more people to use them.
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August 4, 2010 | By Josh Goldstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reported cases of gonorrhea rose 26 percent in the first six months of 2010 compared with the same period last year, the city Department of Public Health said. It is possible that the higher numbers reflect more testing, the city said in an advisory sent Monday to health-care providers. Still, after several years of modest declines through 2009, the increase - to 2,876 cases in the first half of this year - is a public health concern, Caroline C. Johnson, director of the department's Division of Disease Control, said Tuesday.
NEWS
March 29, 2008
The Philadelphia Health Department made a bold move when it began screening high school students for sexually transmitted diseases in 2003. In just a few years, the number of teenagers here infected with two sexually transmitted diseases has declined and the city Health Department's aggressive and innovative strategy has become a model for other cities. Of course, educators and health-care professionals must remain vigilant in trying to further reduce some rather alarming statistics.
NEWS
January 11, 2002 | By Susan FitzGerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After a steady rise in cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in Philadelphia since the mid-1990s, the number of reported cases of the sexually transmitted diseases leveled off last year, according to new statistics. City health officials said it was too soon to know whether the upward trend was reversing, and they said rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea still remain alarmingly high, in particular among teenagers and young adults. Citing an "epidemic of STDs," Philadelphia Health Commissioner Walter Tsou opened a daylong conference Wednesday for health and community workers aimed at finding ways to improve the sexual health of Philadelphia youth.
NEWS
June 15, 2000 | by Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
During his January inaugural address and later in an executive order, Mayor Street declared 2000 the year of the child, to better focus attention on problems facing children. Yesterday, the magnitude of the problems was detailed in the first-ever report card on the overall condition of the city's children. A product of the Philadelphia Coalition for Kids, a public-private partnership, the report shows an upward trend of juveniles living increasingly perilous lives. For example, the number of juveniles arrested for drug-related offenses rose 74 percent - from 1,297 to 2,256 - between 1996 and 1999.
NEWS
March 16, 1998 | By John Timpane, Commentary Page editor
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held the 1998 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta. There, scientists and physicians discussed the new world of disease and how we can stay healthy in it. To learn more, we spoke with Stephen Ostroff, associate director for the National Center for Infectious Diseases, a center of the CDC. Question: A recent report by the Institute of Medicine calls sexually transmitted diseases "a hidden epidemic in the United States.
NEWS
August 5, 1993
STDS ARE BEING CURBED - BUT MORE HAS TO BE DONE Several years ago, Philadelphia faced a growing epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among teens. Two hundred young people had primary or secondary syphilis; 4,600 teens had confirmed cases of gonorrhea. The numbers were growing annually. The Health Department, the Board of Education and a variety of health and social-service organizations joined together to create policies and practices that would increase education, prevention and safe-sex practice for teens.
NEWS
April 1, 1993 | By Fawn Vrazo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Women get sexually transmitted diseases as often as men do, and suffer worse consequences. But it's men who get the bulk of the attention from federally funded sex disease clinics, says a new report being released today. The report, from the Alan Guttmacher Institute in New York, paints a grim picture overall of the advance of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States. America's STD rates are among the highest in the industrialized world, it says, with 12 million new cases reported annually.
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April 25, 1992 | By S.E. Siebert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT Inquirer correspondent Rob Wingate contributed to this story
A former Bryn Athyn resident was found guilty yesterday of sexually molesting his daughter when she was 4 years old. A Montgomery County jury heard five days of testimony before finding Robert McMaster, 40, of Ottawa, Canada, guilty of incest and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse for the December 1988 sexual assault of his daughter inside his in-laws' Bryn Athyn home. The identity of the daughter, now 8, has been witheld by The Inquirer. Her name was legally changed more than two years ago, and she has moved to another state.
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