Once on the brink of eradication, syphilis is now being reported at an alarming rate in the US. Not since the 1980s have infection rates among gay men been so high. The disease’s comeback is likely the result of state and local budget cuts, which reduced the hours and…

Turning to the Internet to treat sexually transmitted infections may spare embarrassment, but online treatments are often sub-optimal or incorrect and contribute to antibiotic resistance. For example, effective treatment for gonorrhea—which affects 30,000 people in the UK—…

What’s the scoop on powdered wigs? You know, the odd wigs atop the heads of men in the 1700s and British lawyers still wear today. Well, we can thank…. Syphilis! Yes, the STD spawned not only personal misery but global fashion. This 1:33 video by the Great Big Story…

Following a Las Vegas syphilis outbreak last week, Nevada now has the highest rate of the STD in the Western US. Health officials have noted a 128% increase in reported syphilis cases since 2012, and 615 of the 694 cases involve men diagnosed in 2015. Sin City isn’t alone…

This article was originally published in U.S. News & World Report. We finally have the tools to end the worldwide AIDS pandemic. But will complacency and lack of funding let progress slip away? When my 31-year-old partner died of AIDS-related…

Gonorrhea is on a growing list of infections that may soon become untreatable. The bacteria that cause the infection are becoming increasingly resistant to the antibiotics that formerly killed them. Thailand is a pathfinder for reaching patients and providing non-…

67% of the world’s population—more than 3.7 billion under 50—are infected with HSV-1, the herpes virus that causes cold sores around the mouth, WHO reports in its first estimate of global prevalence of the disease.

A promising new Chlamydia vaccine—one delivered via nanoparticles—may be on the horizon, reported researchers from Harvard, MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Importantly, the team revealed in the journal Science what likely went wrong with a 50-year old…

The "SYPHILIS EXPLOSION" ads in San Francisco’s BART stations and Los Angeles billboards reflect a growing number of infections among gay men in US metro areas in the last 15 years, reports CityLab. After the rate of infections plummeted by 90% in the US between 1990 and…

Women’s genetic susceptibilities to Chlamydia trachomatis—the most prevalent bacterial STD—are discussed in this Q&A which also focuses on the disease’s relationship with HIV. The unique development cycle of C. trachomatis and its immunological interaction…