Animals Can Get Non-Sexual Form Of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

Animals Can Get Non-Sexual Form Of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

You may never have considered the possibility that your dog would need to be checked for sexually transmitted diseases. However, it may surprise you to know that dogs can get chlamydia. How is that? Dogs catch it either by touching a bird carcass or dried bird poo.

Yes, it’s rare to see it happen, but it can. If you have pet birds or your dog is in an area with a lot of birds, the chances of them catching syphilis are high.

Both canines and felines can also catch chlamydia.

How can you know if your pet has an STD? The signs for the disease is different in animals than in humans. The disease affects their eyes. Their eyes may become swollen, red and watery. They may also have a yellow/green discharge. They may also scratch at their eyes more often. Dogs may also pant more with the disease.

The chlamydia bacteria is known as psittacosis, but thankfully can be treated with antibiotics. Within several weeks, the infection will clear up. If left untreated, however, it can cause them to become lethargic, have pneumonia, diarrhea and buildup of fluid around their heart (known as pericarditis.

According to experts, this strain of chlamydia is different from the more common chlamydia strain, and humans catching it from animals is quite rare. It can be transferred if you touched the dry bird poo on your dog’s facial area but nearly impossible to catch it by touching your dog’s wet eyes.

That’s not to say it can’t happen, but it’s rare.

The important take away is to remember that animals infected with the chlamydia bacteria will show symptoms in their eyes and breathing. Chlamydia in humans affect the reproductive organs and is spread by sexual contact. For animals, it’s spread by touching bird poop. If you believe your dog has this disease, take them to the vet and get checked out and treated with antibiotics.

myLAB STD Kit Testing Box Breaking Down Sex Talk Barrier

It was four years ago when Lora Ivanova and Ursula Hessenflow were talking at a Los Angeles café about the L.A. dating scene. The biggest aggravation they had was the ability to talk about safe sex when first meeting someone. How could one deal with the discomfort of asking someone they just met if they were tested for STDs?

According to 39-year-old Ivanova, it’s not easy to talk about STDs if a person isn’t getting tested. This is very true for women who grew up under the impression that having more than one sex partner was a bad thing. Imagine if this stigma could be taken away with the help of an at-home kit.

This is why the myLAB box was developed.

While competitors offer kits for an array of health conditions along with STDs, myLAB is a dedicated sexual health kit. The kit can be purchased on the company’s website as well as Amazon, Target and Wal-Mart. If purchased online, the kit arrives in an unmarked package.

Kits are designed for the more common sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes and HIV, with a starting cost of $79. How do these kits work? You send back a sample of your blood, urine or genital swab and attain results within five days. If your results are positive, you’ll receive a call from an STD counselor about the different options and get the medication you need.

Ivanova said the idea was to provide a solution that ensured immediate treatments.

And, Ivanova’s more difficult task was making it affordable like a flu shot.

Most of Ivanova’s younger years were spent outside in her Sofia, Bulgaria neighborhood. She said she wanted to accomplish two things – become an astronaut and a smoker. Ivanova recently gave up the smoking habit, and never became an astronaut.

She actually got a full scholarship to St. Louis’ National University where she majored in both business and theater. She said she bought into the notion of corporate success, and upon graduating, moved to L.A. to begin working at Newegg.com. She also worked with the National Football League and Mindshare LA. Still, Ivanova said something was still amiss.

She said she wanted to be an artist but loved the business world, and she wanted to find a way to make the two coexist. It wasn’t too long before she discovered there was a need for STD testing in the home. She knew that was her ticket to a successful career and creativity.

Ivanova said money doesn’t measure personal worth but agrees her kit is helping people, which is what she wanted to do.

STDs To Choose Who They Will Infect

The need for at-home testing kits has increased significantly. In just four years (2013 to 2017), the number of U.S. syphilis cases has doubled with a 67 percent increase in gonorrhea cases and chlamydia cases are extremely high too. Despite these numbers, Americans are still not getting tested.

The funding for the myLAB box was fairly low in the beginning, but just recently they were able to secure $1.5 million. This money will now let them include more services such as cervical cancer screenings. Nearly 79 million Americans have the HPV virus, and while some clear up on their own, other strains can lead to cancer. This is why it’s so important to get tested regularly.

Still, treating people quicker using at-home testing is difficult, especially when dealing with HPV. Washington University Assistant Professor of Medicine Dr. Hilary Reno said there are around 30 kinds of HPV – some being precursors of cancer. She said any woman – 30 and older – with a positive HPV test needs to see their doctor.


Reno said she’s concerned that the myLAB box kit is still too expensive for the group who needs it most. She said lower socioeconomic status groups cannot pay for the test, although some insurance plans do provide reimbursement for these kits.

Ivanova said the focus needs to be on an answer that everybody can use, and she realizes that sexually transmitted infections are a problem for everyone.

The myLAB box provides even more affordable, comprehensive testing options for people to choose from. Ivanova said it’s nice to see other companies providing similar such as the myLAB box. She said it’s an indication that the industry is sitting up and taking notice while also offering the service.

Hessenflow believes the myLAB box will succeed with Ivanova being the driving force. She said Ivanova is one of the most stubborn people she knows and will make anything she has planned come to fruition.

For Ivanova, her goal is to improve people’s chances of being seen by a doctor and improving their health state. She said there are two things she wants – to ensure everybody has the same level of care and it’s easier to talk with new partners about safe sex.

3 Well-Known Agencies Face $1B Lawsuit Over 1940s Syphilis Experiment

Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Rockefeller Foundation and Johns Hopkins University are facing a $1 billion lawsuit for roles they had in the 1940s regarding a medical experiment that led to hundreds of Guatemalans being infected with syphilis.


The goal of the experiment was to learn if penicillin was a suitable treatment option for the sexually transmitted disease.

In 2015, about 775 Guatemalan victims and their relatives filed a civil suit, claiming the experiment subjected them and family members to the disease without their consent.

The defense argued that a recent ruling by the Supreme Court that protected foreign entities from answering U.S. human rights abuse lawsuits was also applied to domestic companies. However, U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang did not agree with the argument and said the case would move ahead to ensure harmony and allow foreign plaintiffs the chance to get justice.

Wellesley College professor Dr. Susan Reverby discovered notes about the unethical experiment that public health services sexual disease specialist John Charles Culter had still in his possession at the time of his death. According to the notes, mental patients, convicts, prostitutes and soldiers were experimented on.

In 2010, former U.S. President Barack Obama apologized to those affected by the experiment, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called them unethical.

Women Are Urged To Consider Female Condoms

Dr. Sekina Bello with Pathfinder International Nigeria (NGO) has suggested women use female condoms to help prevent the spread of STDs and family planning. According to Bello, the female condom is the only option women have in family planning and STD protection.

She said when the female condom is worn properly, women don’t even realize the barrier, and it still gives them a skin-to-skin feeling. She said if the male partner wants to use protection but has a reaction to latex, the female condom is a good option. She said the condom comprises of FC2, which is hypoallergenic.

Bello said this alleviates the stress that can come with sex and still give them the most pleasure.

She continued saying, the NGO would still educate and train both sexes on the benefits of the female condom and the importance of using male condoms too when possible.

Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria Regional Coordinator Mary Bawa is asking women to open their minds up about the female condom. She said the female condoms offer a plethora of benefits that removes the worry that comes with having sex. Bawa said women should take care of themselves to avoid STDs while also using some type of birth control. According to Bawa, female condoms provide protection and safety and doesn’t limit one’s pleasure.

3 Key Reasons There’s Been A Rise In STDs

3 Key Reasons There’s Been A Rise In STDs

Sexually transmitted diseases are infections that people spread during the middle of sex acts – be it orally, vaginally or anally. And, these common STIs are on the increase. The problem with STDs is that they can cause very serious health problems, but testing for STDs is easy, and the majority of them are treatable.

The surefire way on not getting an STD is to avoid sexual contact. However, if you’re sexually active, using dental dams or latex condoms can drastically reduce the chance of getting an STD.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a rise in the number of both gonorrhea and syphilis cases in the last few years – or a significantly large 20 percent increase.

The U.S. has a very high STD rate for a Western industrialized country. Talking about STDs is a start, and this will touch on the common syphilis and gonorrhea infections.

Gonorrhea is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria. It thrives in moist warm parts of the body such as the vagina, urethra, rectum, eyes, throat and female reproductive structures. Syphilis is the result of the Treponema pallidum, which can be spread through sexual contact and from an infected mother to her unborn baby during delivery. If not treated quickly, it can cause serious health complications.

According to experts, the rise in STDs is due to a multitude of factors that create the “perfect storm.”

Funding is one such factor.

There are several federal and state educational programs geared toward STD prevention, but a lack of funding has scaled back on these programs, and the public is not as aware of how they get an STD.

Planned Parenthood is the largest supporters of STD testing, treatment and testing. A majority of their patients are women, but men are also treated. However, many political groups have called for funding cuts to the program, which would have a direct impact on STD screening and treatment.

On top of that, many state-run health department STD clinics are being affected by the state funding cuts. For many of these clinics, the doors have closed. These clinics are important for many at-risk people who are embarrassed to talk about their health problems with a family doctor or don’t have the money to get tested and treated. The clinics offer confidential screening and treatments at no cost, which help to decrease the spread of STDs.

Another reason is that doctors are failing to question the patient’s history and sex practices.

Many STDs have no symptoms, and with fewer people getting tested. On top of that, doctors and other healthcare providers are failing to question their patients about sexual practices, histories and protections. This lack of screening and talking is leading to a rise in STDs.

There’s less fear about catching STDs.

HIV/AIDS is now known to be a chronic medical condition thanks to the new treatments that have been developed. No longer is it considered a death sentence, which is another reason the fear of STDs is not so high.

While STD rates are rising among all age groups, certain groups are more susceptible including Southerners, Latino and Black women, men and young adults. Men who have sex with other men are also seeing a rise in STD rates.

Women who fail to get treatment for STDs are likely to suffer more health consequences, as it can lead to infertility, congenital disabilities in unborn babies, cervical cancer, neurologic disease, etc. Men could also suffer from penile cancer if they have an untreated STD.

Although sex is a forbidden topic for most people, it’s important to talk about the subject and sexual health with one another and with healthcare providers. People need to better educate themselves about STDs, and they need to have access to screening, testing and treatment for STDs.