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Will Obama’s AIDS Plan Also Fight The Aggressive Chlamydia Attacking the Gays?

As Obama talks about his big plan to cut down on new HIV infections (goal: cut new infections by 30 percent over 5 years), there’s another monster lurking among the gays.

The British-based HIV health non-profit Terrence Higgins Trust says LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum), described as an “aggressive form of chlamydia,” is a “serious sexually transmitted infection that attacks the lymph nodes.” What happens if you get it? “The majority of men infected with LGV develop symptoms within a few weeks, and nearly all have been infected rectally. Symptoms can include bleeding and discharge from the rectum, painful inflammation (called ‘proctitis’), and painful anal abscesses or ulcers. Left untreated, LGV can cause lasting damage. The inside of the rectum can become so seriously affected it might require surgery.” And it makes it much easier to contract other STDs and, yes, HIV.

. It has been spreading among gay and bisexual men since arriving in the UK around 2004. In 2009, 193 men were diagnosed with the infection and, in the first six months of 2010 alone, 190 men have been diagnosed, many of whom also have HIV.

By:           JD
On:           Jul 12, 2010
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  • 8 Comments
    • Devin
      Devin

      To Queerty:

      To those of us who have/have been bitten by the STD bug, it’s a subtle smack in the face when you choose to face these articles with hot men about to have sex.
      It is almost like saying: “Well anyway, to those of us who ARE clean, back to your regularly scheduled program.”

      Jul 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Baxter
      Baxter

      @Devin: They should have pictures of hot men about to have sex with bleeding rectal ulcers.

      Jul 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
      PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

      …nearly all have been infected ctally. Symptoms can include bleeding and discharge from the rectum, painful inflammation (called ‘proctitis’), and painful anal abscesses or ulcers. Left untreated, LGV can cause lasting damage. The inside of the rectum can become so seriously affected it might require surgery……..

      now please tell me why there are sites like bareback.com?????????

      Jul 12, 2010 at 9:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      No. 3 · PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS asked, “now please tell me why there are sites like bareback.com?????????”

      … as they say, nobody ever lost money underestimating the taste of the American public.

      But then, you are a lot safer watching it on bareback.com than actually doing it. You’re probably safer working for bareback.com (assuming they test their “actors” just before filming) than doing it with a random hookup.

      My prediction: in not too many years, someone will record the physical movements of some porn star and use that to program some sort of sex machine. It may be sleazy, but it would be pretty safe.

      Jul 13, 2010 at 2:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdWoody
      EdWoody

      @PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS: The most ironic point is that the photo is of a gay porn star who unfortunately went on to do bareback movies.

      Jul 13, 2010 at 3:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • red phone
      red phone

      So the US’ National AIDS Plan should address an outbreak of a totally different STD happening in a totally different country (the UK)? This STD sounds serious, but without presenting any relevant data connecting it to the US population, this blurb makes absolutely no sense.

      Jul 13, 2010 at 9:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Devin
      Devin

      @Baxter: Right, because a finely lit ass couldn’t be more appropriate for an article on deadly sexually transmitted disease.

      While we’re at it, let’s tack some retriever pups onto an article about syphilis and call it a day.

      Jul 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Clint
      Clint

      I probably wouldn’t have read the article if it weren’t for the picture. Sad but true. But now I have this information and I’ll remember it the next time I’m about to have sex.

      Jul 14, 2010 at 1:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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