STDs

Northern Nevada HOPES Chief Operating Officer Ivy Spadone is a physician assistant who has been treating HIV patients for about two decades.
Anh Gray

As a community health center, Northern Nevada HOPES in downtown Reno offers a variety of medical services. When it opened in 1997, it served as a clinic to treat patients with HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus. Chief Operating Officer Ivy Spadone started with the clinic as a physician assistant two decades ago and continues to provide care to HIV patients. She shares her story with KUNR’s Anh Gray.

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For the LGBTQ+ community, marginalization is deterring some from accessing medical care. Nearly one in five avoid seeking care due to fear of discrimination, and studies show disparities can lead to poor health outcomes. For one gay man in Northern Nevada, navigating the health system has been a daunting experience. KUNR’s Anh Gray has his story.

As a warning, this story might not be suitable for all listeners as it discusses the topic of sexual assault.

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Sexually transmitted diseases nationwide have risen to a record high for the fifth consecutive year, and for those with STDs, dating and disclosure of their health status can pose additional challenges. KUNR’s Anh Gray has been reporting on this issue. Today she explores how technology can help with overcoming some of the stigmas.

An infographic about STDs.
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The common use of dating apps has been attributed to more casual sexual encounters. Health officials say this type of hook-up culture is one factor in the spike of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Right now, the combined number of cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are at an all-time high nationally. KUNR’s Anh Gray talks with Jennifer Howell, who’s with the sexual health program at the Washoe County Health District, to learn more.

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that for the fifth consecutive year, cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have risen in the United States. Nevada tops the nation for the rate of primary and secondary syphilis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the rise of STDs nationwide broke a new record for the fifth consecutive year. KUNR’s Anh Gray reports Nevada continues to top the list for the highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis.

 

Washoe County has seen an alarming emergence of congenital syphilis. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explains.

Congenital syphilis is a bacterial STD passed from an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy.

Angela Penny is a public health nurse with the Washoe County Health District and says there has been four cases of congenital syphilis since the end of 2014. Infections while treatable, can also be life-threatening.

 

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a list of the most drug-resistant illnesses in the country. The bacterial STD, gonorrhea, is on that list. As Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports gonorrhea infections are rising in Washoe County. 

Angela Penny is with the Washoe County Health District. She says in the first six months of this year, gonorrhea infections increased by 16.4 percent compared to the same time last year. 

 

 

Earlier this week, the KUNR news team reported a dramatic rise in the rates of sexually transmitted diseases in Nevada. Among them, syphilis is a major concern for local health officials. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports public health campaigns are targeting social media dating apps, in particular,to stem the increase.