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Gothenburg woman with syphilis sold sex
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Gothenburg woman with syphilis sold sex

Published: 20 Jan 2011 08:24 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Jan 2011 08:24 GMT+01:00

A woman with syphilis sold sex in Gothenburg through most of the autumn of 2010 without informing clients that she had the disease, according to a news report.

It is unclear whether anyone was infected by her and her current whereabouts are unknown, Göteborgs-Posten (GP) reported online on Wednesday.

The infection was discovered when the woman sought help for her condition, but she refused to state the sexual contacts she had had, as required by law. She also declined to participate in the investigation, the report said.

"It means that we do not have a clue how many sexual contacts she had. But it is urgent that men who may have come in contact with her seek help if they suspect they may have become infected," Leif Dotevall, an assistant infectious disease control officer in Gothenburg, told GP.

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is easily spreads through all types of unprotected sex. It is relatively rare in Sweden, but cases continue to be reported. Without treatment, the disease can cause serious damage to the heart and brain, the report said.

In western Sweden's Västra Götaland county, 11 cases of the disease were reported in both 2008 and 2009. In Sweden and other western countries have seen an upward trend in syphilis cases, particularly among men who have sex with men, according to GP.

"The cure is antibiotics. The disease can be completely cured with daily intravenous injections of antibiotics. Men who have cloudy genital sores and bought sex in the autumn should visit a health care facility or go to a dermatologist or STD outpatient clinic," Dotevall told GP.

With timely detection, syphilis can be easily treated. However, Dotevall warned that among prostitutes, it is common, along with other sexually transmitted diseases, and one concern is that HIV could spread in a similar fashion, the report said.

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09:23 January 20, 2011 by herpesfinder
Have an STD? you are not alone.Find others with same STD at site named STDRomance. you may be upset and think your sex life is over. However, once you settle down and learn the facts, you'll realize that having STD is not the end of the world, and it's not the end of your social life.
09:37 January 20, 2011 by bob3000
@Nilspet

..."However, Dotevall warned that among prostitutes, it is common, along with other sexually transmitted diseases,"....

That seems to go against your post in the last discussion, regarding better STD awareness and concern amongst sex workers.
11:23 January 20, 2011 by johnny1939
You have only yourself to blame if you buy sex or have unprotected sex w/ anyone. When will we ever learn??
12:19 January 20, 2011 by Javlaengelsman
Oh here we go again with all the histerical moralizing in Sweden on all things to do with sex... Hiv excepted (which statisticlaly, which if you are exclusively hetrosexual in Sweden you are several hundred times more likely to be a traffic fatality of die from smoking the to contract Hiv even if you had natural sex with a different heterosexual person everyday of the year) all of the other stds are less serious than common flu & far more easily treated, & recovery quicker. It's easy. Why this hysteria about stds? If you are sexualally active have regualar check up, relax & ENJOY life to the full.
12:37 January 20, 2011 by tzatara1
deeeaaaam ,

that's what happens when you don't ask for sales's slip
12:51 January 20, 2011 by QqK
Javlaengelsman, the chance of HIV may be low, but if you get it there is a good chance you're going to die from it. Plus if everyone has unprotected sex on a regular basis, the prevalence goes up and so does the chance of infection. This is what has happened in South Africa where a complete lack of condom use means that that 25% of the whole population has HIV (best estimates). This is why everyone who knows anything about sexual health are massively concerned that people practice safe sex.
13:58 January 20, 2011 by Javlaengelsman
The risk for heterosexuals who are rational & prudent enough to choose to have sex ONLY with other heterosexuals or men who do NOT have sex with other men or have sex intravenious drugs users & do not engage in Anal sex, & for women who do not have sex during their period, the risk of contracting let alone even coming into contact with hiv is so massively exagerated, that it is really, really not worth worrying about. Enjoying the extacy of a full & intimate sex life with a human being rather than pasion quashing piece of plastic is not someting to be "protected" from. The risk is massively & hysterically exagerated... by the brainwashing propaganda of the mass media in colusion with governements for political reasons. Perhaps it would be interesting to discuss what these reasons could be...People should wake up from their bovine state, question authority & the dumbed down political tool the media has evolved to over the last 2 decades & think for themselves!
14:56 January 20, 2011 by zircon
Fascinating... Syphilis. An interesting illness, if you're Wagner.
15:28 January 20, 2011 by Nemesis
Another clear argument for legalising prostitution and enforcing health checks on prostitutes.
15:35 January 20, 2011 by Tanskalainen
It was Mona Sahlin.
15:54 January 20, 2011 by Yuretz
I don't understand Do you have paid sex in Sweden or not? Prostitution as a form of business for women is allowed, but if you pay for sex is forbidden. Men's discrimination!?
15:59 January 20, 2011 by aroaro
The issues urgently meriting action are decriminalization & identification.

Decriminalizing prostitution will allow local and cross-border agencies to combat the criminal exploitation of sex workers and stamp out international trafficking of women and girls as slaves.

Identification is a necessary step toward oversight for sexual health of sex workers. Whenever sex is bought and sold 'on the side', a culture of secrecy and denial is in effect and its result is needless human tragedy.

Sex for sale is the fact, whether the price is a wedding band or a credit card slip. Save the moralizing for church. Instead, accept reality at face value and let us start removing the secrets and lies - and the criminal element - from prostitution.
17:51 January 20, 2011 by mojofat
So how are people supposed to know if they had sex with this woman or not? Where is her photo? Good lord, is there not an editor or writer who actually reads these articles and asks basic questions like this?
18:26 January 20, 2011 by Puge Henis
I thought "working girls" insisted on you wearing a condom...?

I have never bought sex and don't really know about syphilis so I may be wayyyy off - but none the less curious.
20:07 January 20, 2011 by Rolle
Sounds like a whore to me
22:48 January 20, 2011 by zircon
10- Ha! (Fat exclamation mark.)
06:24 January 21, 2011 by positiveguy
Living with STD is a hard life to many people. When I found this site pozmingle.com (my favorite STD dating site)I was once again hopeful. There are many sexy girls and hot guys who are seeking match living with the same STD here. All of them are friendly and informative.
08:15 January 21, 2011 by RobinHood
A prostitute has caught the clap. In other news, the Pope has admitted he is Catholic, and a bear crapped in the woods.
08:59 January 21, 2011 by Da Goat
This is sooooo funny the Woman did the right thing by breaking the law (she refused to grass up the criminals who bought sex from her) and they want these same persons to put their hands up. ROFLMAO (put your hands up before your manhood rots off Haaaa)

one law says you have to finger your sexual partners the other makes it illegal to buy sex, what a quandary!!! no love lost among criminals, no honor among thieves. LOL

hey you got syphilis, where did ya get it? I bought it ! off to jail with you!
11:27 January 21, 2011 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden
@Javlaengelsman

You are incorrect. This is the type of information that is popular in South Africa and you should be ably to find a job in its government. However, this leads to misinformation among the youth and then you end up with a serious problem later on.
16:33 January 21, 2011 by Javlaengelsman
Southafrican in Sweden, No, it is you who are incorrect. So please don't attempt to demoize me, by what surely must know is a false comparison... I am aware of the warped, cocoo, voodoo like reasoning powers posessed by some African politition My argument is based entirely on sound rational evidence of the facts and addmitions (at times grudgelingly) by GPs & doctors in std clinics, that this is astute analisis & the opinion privately shared by Doctors.

Sub Saharan Africa for many reasonsis a ridiculous comparison to Europe & North America & other areas with advanced comprehensive heathlcare where people the vast mojority of people have awareness of symtomes & the importance of promt treatment for stds & other conditions which can cause open sores or lesions, cracks on the genitles which if left untreated as is routinely the case all across Sub Saharan Africa, does indeed leave one vulerable to to infection with Hiv IF one comes into contact with it but namely open herpes sores. Herpes (same as cold sores) really is no big deal unless you are in the small minority who have recurring outbreaks to some degree & if you don't have sex until the sores have completely healed which takes 5 to 10 days. Only 1 in 2000 people are hiv positive in Sweden when you ANALIZE those statitistics you will see that of this group within the 1 in 2000 all most all are Male Homosexual or BiSexual men & Women who have had sex with them (in many cases this could be unknowingly), People who inject drugs of both sexes & people who have had sex with them, People from Sub Sarahan Africa & people who have had sex with them.

So, what does this tell you when you work out that the actual figure of Exclusively Heterosexual people who do NOT have sex with the people of the ABOVE group which is NOT hard to avoid to do if you get to know & find out a bit about a little about them before you decide to have sex with them, is without doing the maths to work out the PROPORTIONS this group of 1 in 2000 is almost certainly closer perhaps to the 1 in 1 million or even 1 in 2 million...

Now, there are many,many things that we do in our daily lives & work which are not even pleasurable or meaninful that expose us to FAR greater risk of death or serious injury or serious illness than having sex in a natural way without a condom (at this is not to say that I am advising everyone to have sex with EVERYONE without a condom).

Crossing the road in urban areas, EVERY TIME you cross the road...

Driving or riding a car.

Riding a bicycle in an urban area.

Walking up or down stairs or steps.

Smoking.

Drinking alcohol... Anyone want to add to the list?
18:17 January 21, 2011 by Pacey
Syphilis girl I got your disease. I wanted your body not your STD!
20:10 January 21, 2011 by justiceforall
I do not understand why the girl should inform the client before sex that she had disease? In 99% cases we should not expect this generosity. eller hur?
21:24 January 21, 2011 by Javlaengelsman
@Fusticeforall; Indeed. It's exactly the same as requiring everyone who has the influenza who gets on a bus or goes to work or visits a public place to inform anyone within 6meters of them that if they come any closer that they risk become infected will a potentially dangerous illness. I get fed up will reading post after post of frustrated expats especially American knocking eveything about Sweden. I love many things about Sweden. I think Sweden, Scandinavia & the Netherlands are by far the most socially economically advanced & fair societies in the world & the closest you will find to realistic utopia. But when it comes to all matters concerning SEX it is prudish to almost Victorian degree. And this is yet another example of unjust, extremist, irational & highly impractical laws that have anything to with SEX, driven by nothing more the uptight prohitive sexual attitudes "moral panic" & an extremist anti man, anti sex femminist agenda that need urgent reform.

I have traveled far & wide & never have I known a countries outside the Middle East to have the "group think, indoctrinated uptight moralistic issues with Sex that Sweden has...
23:23 January 21, 2011 by Nilspet
@ bob3000

Hi again :) Good to see here. My only comment is that such an outbreak can happen!

But please read this again

"Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is easily spreads through all types of unprotected sex"

So the key word is "unprotected" sex. If you dare have sex with a stranger (strangers) and you do not have protected sex, then you are most likely going to be get in trouble. This is not only in Sweden but anywhere in the world. You can have sex with 10 hookers and get no disease at all (if you protect yourself well) but you can get HIV even you have sex one time with your close friend if you are unlucky.

Look at Holland, Germany, Hungary..they do not have worse HIV outbreak than in Sweden.
00:54 January 22, 2011 by Javlaengelsman
...you can also stay indoors for 364 days a year & get struck by lightening when you go outside on the 365th... Does the likelyhood though mean that you should always "protect yourself" & never enjoy the great outdoors?
16:53 January 22, 2011 by EP
Perhaps we'll soon have National Syphilis Day ... after all there is already National Chlamydia Day in Sweden since there is a new case of chlamydia ever 15 minutes ... so why not graduate to syphilis next????
16:49 January 28, 2011 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden
@Javlaengelsman

I can see that you are a statistician and calculated all the risks for doing anything. Probably you are also a biologist specializing in epidemiology since you know that your sexual liberation will not affect others. I am fine with you playing Russian roulette since the chance of dying is only 1/6. Hope you enjoy this to the end without harming others by your attitude since you are too selfish to use a condom...
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