Thursday, September 14, 2006

inner dork: dedicated surgeon

Did you know...

The first successful artificial insemination of a human female was accomplished in the 1780's by Scottish surgeon JohnHunter.
However, he had much bigger goals in mind as he also studied veneral disease and he infected himself with gonorrhea and syphilis by making small incisions on his penis, then swabbing the cuts with a probe that had been dipped into the lesion of an infected prostitute. (Seriously, there are easier ways to become infected not to mention more fun and less painful. Just sayin'.)
His efforts resulted in a syphilitic lesion bearing his name, the hunterian chancre. (There are better ways to have something named after you.)
He died with the mistaken belief that gonorrhea and syphilis were different stages of the same disease.
(Gee, wonder what caused his death.)

7 comments:

puerileuwaite said...

Hunter Chance shall henceforth be my alias for hooker trolling.

TrappedInColorado said...

Well.. isn't that special.

Twisted DNA said...

LOL at your comments.

I have great respect for those people. Willing to die to help other's live longer. I do agree that there are more fun ways to die :)

Jay said...

Did you know that prior to 1960, the only scientifically known major STD's were Syphilis and Gonorrhea?

Here's a short timeline and some fun STD facts:

Pre 1960's: Syphilis and Gonorrhea were the only major STDs
1976: Chlamydia first recognized
1981: AIDS identified
1982: Herpes became very prevalent
1992: PID or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease recognized
1996: HPV or Human Papilloma Virus recognized as the cause of 90% of all cervical cancer, and is the reason for yearly PAP smears.
1980-present: 8 NEW diseases identified including HIV.


# 1 in 5 Americans has been infected with an STD (American Social Health Association).

- The fastest growing population contracting AIDS is women. In 1985, 7% of AIDS cases reported were women. That percentage increased to 14% in 1992, and to 23% in 1999 (AIDS.ORG).

- Sexually active adolescent girls have the highest risk of cervical infections because the ectropion, or delicate tissue that surrounds a young woman's cervix, is not fully formed until she is 18 years old. It is, therefore, very vulnerable to blood borne infections (Alan Gutmacher Institute, 1994).

- Approximately 2/3 of all people who acquire STDs are under 25 (American Social Health Association).

- PID or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is the most rapidly increasing cause of infertility in the United States. Researchers have estimated that a sexually active 15-year-old has a 1 in 8 chance of developing PID. By the age of 24, the probability decreases to 1 in 80 (The Medical Institute).

- There are presently more than 25 significant STDs (Center for Disease Control).

- In the United States, more than 65 million people are currently living with an incurable STD. An additional 15 million people become infected each year (ibid).

- In 1999, reports indicated that strains of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) were present in 99% of samples tested for cervical cancer. It is estimated that 75% of sexually active Americans are or have previously been infected with HPV (The Medical Institute).

- While almost all STDs can be treated to relieve pain or minimize symptoms, there is no cure for viral STDs, including Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and Herpes.

Off topic question for all of you:

Is there a way to post pictures in the Comments section of a Blogger.com blog?

I've been wanting to add pictures with some of my comments, but I don't know how.

puerileuwaite said...

Jay, I've only seen commenters paste in links. So you could go that route.

Very informative comment, BTW. However, I DO have a slight problem with the phrase "some fun STD facts" ;-)

Sorry, PG, I now hand your comments sections back to you, sexy.

Party Girl said...

P: I shall look for you when I am out on my patrol...

Trapped: Thanks, Church Lady

DNA: I do as well, however, youch! I mean, seriously.

Jay: There is something that is both interesting, yet depressing about those facts.

P: You are always welcome to take the floor here.

GirlGoyle said...

Well that is just gross! Why would you infect yourself in the name of science? In particular if you then can't cure?