Fact Sheet: Gonorrhea – Neisseria Gonorrhoeae (Gonococcus)

Gonorrhea is a highly contagious sexually transmitted bacterial infection, sometimes referred to as the ‘clap’. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest tracking suggests that resistance went down between 2011 and 2013 to the antibiotic treatment cefixime for treating gonorrhea but it has started to climb back up in 2014. However, cefixime isn’t typically the first drug of choice for treating gonorrhea infections. The CDC’s most recent guidelines for gonorrhea treatment, issued in 2012, recommend only using cefixime when the preferred option — ceftriaxone-based combination therapy — isn’t available. However, this increase in resistance is of concern and indicates a need for ongoing vigilance in efficacy studies. Transmission Any sexually active person can get gonorrhea through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Gonorrhea spreads through semen or vaginal fluids during unprotected sexual contact, heterosexual or homosexual, with an infected partner including touching an infected body part with fingers. Gonorrhea can be passed from a mother to her baby at birth and most commonly affects the baby’s eyes. The infection is not spread from simple kissing, sharing towels, toilet seats, etc. The incubation period is 1-14 days. Symptoms Most women with gonorrhea have no symptoms, and when they do the symptoms are often mild and may be mistaken as a bladder or vaginal infection. However, they are at risk for developing serious complications if untreated. Symptoms can include: Painful or burning sensation during urination Increase in vaginal discharge; strong smelling, may be thin and watery or thick and yellow/green Vaginal bleeding between periods Possibly some low abdominal or pelvic tenderness/pain, sometimes with nausea Men may also show no...

Schools Put Girls as Young as 12 on the Pill Without Their Parents Knowing

In Britain, one in 20 minors are being prescribed birth control pills without their parents’ knowledge. The Daily Mail reports that some of these girls are as young as 12-years-old, and approximately 75,000 girls under the age of 16 receive the pill every year. This is a 50% increase in a decade. Unfortunately, parents are not aware that their daughters are on the pill because doctors aren’t required to inform them. The British pro-life group, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), said the following about the statistics: “Giving birth-control pills to under-age girls is uncaring towards children, undermines parents and exploits an uninformed public. It is uncaring towards children, because it ignores the fact that sexually-transmitted infections among teenagers have risen at the same time as increased provision of contraceptives. They continued, “It undermines parents by denying them their right and responsibility to govern their children’s behavior. It exploits an uninformed public, because no-one is told that, according to the manufacturers, the ordinary birth-control pill can kill newly-conceived embryos. In short, schoolchildren and parents are being betrayed by the birth control policies at work in Britain.” In the past, doctors have warned that the effect of oral contraceptives on minor girls is unknown and there could be long-term health risks for teenagers. They also said the pill encourages girls to engage in risky sexual behavior and normalizes underage sex, which results in more sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers. In fact, the statistics show that chlamydia cases have doubled to 206,774 in Britain; gonorrhea cases to 34,958; and herpes cases have increased by 79%. These diseases can be...

Infertility Expert Rips Ineffective, Costly IVF: ‘Built on Foundation of Destroying Life'

Leading Infertility Expert Rips Ineffective, Costly IVF: ‘Built on Foundation of Destroying Life’ In vitro fertilization (IVF), now the standard treatment for infertility in the United States, last weekend received a harsh assessment from one of the world’s leading experts on infertility. Dr. Thomas Hilgers dismissed IVF as ineffective, costly and unethical compared to the more natural and more successful Napro Technology method, in remarks addressed to a Feb. 24 Academy for Life (PAV) Assembly. Hilgers, representing the Institute for the Study of Reproduction in Omaha, Nebraska, wowed participants at the conference with his research data proving the clear superiority of Napro Technology in treating infertility problems. Listen to 6-minute audio of excerpts from Dr. Hilgers talk: [http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/leading-infertility-expert-rips-ineffective-costly-ivf-built-on-foundation?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=997e053163-LifeSiteNews_com_US_Headlines_03_02_2012&utm_medium=email] Many participants at the conference on “The Management of Infertility Today” were dismayed to hear Church-prohibited IVF technology repeatedly presented as a legitimate solution for women with particular infertility conditions by other speakers. Dr. Hilgers, perhaps the world’s leading expert on resolving infertility issues naturally, forcefully addressed the weaknesses of the IVF-related comments during his half-hour talk and later during the Q & A at the end of the Assembly. Hilgers emphasized that, unlike Napro, “IVF approaches the evaluation of treatment by skipping over the diseases…they don’t look for root causes.” He noted that in 1978, when IVF treatments began to be used, fertility specialists did not understand the causes of infertility and bypassed addressing that challenge in favor of the financial and limited pregnancy success they were having with IVF. The result of this incorrect emphasis, Hilgers stated, was that “we’ve lost 30-35 years of really good research” and “probably...

May – January 2012: Birth Control

      FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…   NEW! Study: Birth-Control Depo-Provera Shots Tied to Breast-Cancer Risk — Depo Provera = 'Neutron Bomb' in the 'War on Women' NEW! Bayer Said to Pay $110 Million in YAZ Birth Control Cases NEW! Other Medical Uses for the So-Called Birth Control Pill   NEW! "Plan B" Still Not Available Over-the-Counter for Minors NEW! The Costs of Contraception Breast Cancer – Oral Contraceptive Study From Germany: The Earlier the OCP is Started, the Higher the Breast Cancer Risk Studies Showing Benefits of Contraception Fall Short Birth Control Pill Recall: Lots of Generic Norgestimate & Ethinyl-Estradiol Tablets Made in India Pulled… Recall Raising New Concerns About the Safety of Foreign-Made Generics South African Condom Failures Result in Massive Recall FDA Eyes Stronger Warning on Popular Birth Control: Higher Risk of Dangerous Clots    FLASHBACK: CDC LISTS PILL AS GROUP 1 CARCINOGEN http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hormonal_contraception Health Canada Warns Bayer Birth Control Pill has High Risk of Clots FDA Revisits Safety of Newer Birth Control Drugs Does Planned Parenthood Secretly Support the Plan B Decision? Denying Plan B Drug to Teenagers Protects Girls’ Health Commentary: Emergency Contraception? Unrestricted Availability of Abortifacient Morning After Pill in Spain Results in Soaring Sales Planned Parenthood 'Banks' Tax Money Hurting Women with IUDs… Study: Birth-Control Depo-Provera Shots Tied to Breast-Cancer Risk — Depo Provera = 'Neutron Bomb' in the 'War on Women' 'Our hypothesis going into this study was that we did expect to see an increased risk' Recent use of the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera for at least a year was associated with a doubling of young...

Commentary: Surrogacy Attorneys Caught Exploiting Women & Selling Babies (8/2011)

Commentary: Surrogacy Attorneys Caught Exploiting Women & Selling Babies Infertility can bring much heartache to couples desperately wanting a baby. Sadly, desperation opens the door for exploitation. Recently, two high-profile surrogacy attorneys, Theresa Erickson and Hilary Neiman, were caught exploiting surrogates, stealing from California taxpayers, and, most horrifically, selling babies. It had already been a bad week for the moral credibility of the infertility industry. The Mumbai Mirror reported that cops were making arrests in a thriving racket involving local gangs, civic officials, and medical professionals all teaming up to traffic infants from India to countries where commercial surrogacy is illegal. It sounds like a plot to yet another movie, such as Google Baby and Made in India, showing the dirty underbelly of the booming billion dollar illegal baby making industry. If you think this is too far from home to be interesting, and that selling babies is a rare event isolated to developing countries, please read Alan Zarembo’s piece in last week’s Los Angeles Times [13 Aug 11, "Scam Targeted Surrogates as well as Couples", http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/13/local/la-me-baby-ring-20110814]. Theresa Erickson, internationally renowned surrogacy lawyer in Southern California, has just pleaded guilty to being a co-conspirator in a three-ring baby-selling scheme. Erickson’s ring included Maryland based attorney, Hilary Neiman, and Carla Chambers, who served as a surrogate in the operation on multiple occasions and recruited other surrogates. Erickson has relentlessly attacked my documentary, Eggsploitation, as over-sensationalized hype from a conservative organization whose larger agenda was to shut down the industry. Eggsploitation tells the stories of women who have been victimized by the fertility industry. Last year it won best documentary at...