New Study Reveals Looming Epidemic of Undetected STDs

LOS ANGELES A new study conducted by Siavash Arani, MD, one of California’s foremost physicians devoted to the detection and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), reveals a looming epidemic of a hard-to-detect STD known as Non-chlamydia Non-gonococcal Urethritis (NCNGU). The study is entering its final phase now, but the projected results should alarm public health officials and medical practitioners. NCNGU is a serious, highly contagious condition.

“This is a potential crisis,” said Dr. Arani. “Millions of Americans are exposed every year because there is a lack of public awareness and consistent diagnostic testing. By sharing the trending study results in advance of the formal completion of the study, our hope is to spur awareness of the issue.”

The study evaluated a sample of 105 symptomatic males for urethritis, a common STD. Eight patients were positive for Chlamydia, and 10 had Gonorrhea. Thirty-four had NCNGU. Fifty-three were negative for urethritis. “It should be very concerning to anyone who understands STDs that NCNGU significantly surpasses Gonorrhea and Chlamydia,” Dr. Arani added.

Undiagnosed and untreated NCNGU can cause significant complications such as epididymitis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Prostatitis, Infertility and Reiter’s syndrome among others. Many cases of NGNCU are transmitted by unprotected oral sex. Many think oral sex is safe and they don’t use protection. Urethral Swab analysis is the most reliable test to detect urethritis.

Dr. Arani’s practice in Los Angeles offers rapid diagnoses and treatment of STDs. It is one of the largest STD/HPV diagnostic and treatment institutions in California, launched in 2004. He also founded D.A.M.L, an exclusive sexually transmitted infectious disease laboratory in 2006. 

Dr. Arani graduated from RUSM in 1999 with an MD degree. Afterwards, he undertook medical graduate clinical training at Maricopa Medical Center and the prestigious Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona. Dr. Arani received a faculty appointment at Loma Linda University School of Medicine (Loma Linda, CA) as an Instructor of Medicine in 2002. He was later appointed as assistant clinical professor of medicine at LLU.

He believes that patient education is essential to successfully treating medical conditions. To this end, Dr. Arani has shared his knowledge through various media and publications. His book, HPV, The Silent Intruder, published in 2013 is the first book devoted to easy understanding and in depth review of Human Papilloma Virus.

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