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Photo: Unknown Source. Prosthetic nose used by a woman with syphilis (19th cent.)

Photo: Unknown Source.
Prosthetic nose used by a woman with syphilis (19th cent.)

?No Nose Clubs

Worn by a mid-19th century women who lost her nose to syphilis, an STI which can cause the bridge of the nose to collapse, the above contraption is testament to an era when sexual promiscuity was far more abundant than the Victorians would have liked us to believe.

Prosthetic noses were largely for show and this one would have been an expensive purchase beyond the means of most people. Common causes of nose injury were warfare and syphilis.

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Paddies upset about Press pox article

Some Paddies and Micks laid a complaint with the Press Council against a story, that it turns out was manufactured, that Micks were spreading the pox in Christchurch. The complaints were upheld.

The Weekend Press?published an article on October 12 about health data from the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) concerning the increase in chlamydia in the region since 2011.

The headline of the article was?Luck of the Irish has downside in sex-disease stats.

The introduction read ”Irish workers helping with the rebuild are sharing the love but it seems they may also be helping to spread sexual disease.”

The newspaper article was illustrated by a cartoon depicting two men in green coats heading into a doorway signposted STD Clinic.

The article reported an increase in the number of confirmed cases of chlamydia in Christchurch. It also reported an increase in the number of Irish nationals making appointments for investigation and treatment.

The Press Council considered and upheld complaints from four complainants: Charlie Smyth, Skry Adamson, James MacAodhgain and Justin Devlin.

The Press acknowledged that there were problems with the story in particular the introduction of the story which should not have stated that Irish workers were ”spreading” sexual diseases. Recognising the fault in the story, a clarification was published in the paper’s Putting It Right column. ?In addition, the paper published two letters to the editor including from the President of the Christchurch Irish Society and published a piece from a regular columnist taking issue with the article.? Read more »

EXCLUSIVE – Len Brown – fresh revelations

by Stephen Cook

The woman at the centre of the Len Brown sex scandal ?was treated for chlamydia earlier this year ? and suspects she may have contracted the disease after having unprotected sex with the embattled Auckland mayor.

Bevan Chuang was tonight in hiding after being publicly identified as the woman involved in a torrid two-year affair with Brown, who was re-elected to a second term in office with a resounding 50,000-vote majority.

Just hours after news broke of Brown?s affair with Chuang, the 32-year-old leveled? more damning allegations against the 57-year-old including claims that:

* She was treated with antibiotics earlier this year for chlamydia which she suspects she may have contracted from Brown.

* Brown had once expressed to her a desire to father her baby

* How the Auckland mayor had a reputation around the council office as a ?bit of a rooter? who couldn?t keep his eyes off attractive female staff ? Read more »

Christchurch diseased gays potential baby killers



Olivia Carville reports

Syphilis?fuelled by iPhone applications such as Grindr have “come back with a vengeance” among Christchurch’s young homosexual community.

Sexual health physicians say the Government needs to take immediate action before the infection spreads into the heterosexual community, where it has the potential to claim the lives of unborn children.

Goodness. ?What sort of a health explosion are we facing here?

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And the Clap Capital of New Zealand is…


ESR has released the latest clap figures and the winner…if you want a good hard dose of chlamydia gonorrhea, is Gisborne!

The figures for Chlamydia are a real stand out too for the region at more than double Auckland’s rate.

For gonorrhea they really are the hands down winner…or should that be pants down? It is?356 cases per 100 000?population, over 5-times the estimated?national rate.

Hamilton will be pleased with these results too as they have a much lower rate than the slappers of Auckland.

About the only figures where Gisborne can hold its head high is the rates for Genital Warts and Herpes. Auckland cleans out those awards.

Hastings is still the Clap Capital

The latest STI statistics are out and Hastings can still claim the title of New Zealand’s Clap Capital (full report pdf).

In the fourth quarter (October to December) 2011, SHCs reported 20 099 clinic visits. A total of 1176 cases of chlamydia, 157 cases of gonorrhoea, 206 cases of genital herpes, ?567 cases of genital warts, 17 cases of syphilis and 165 cases of NSU (males only) were ?reported in this quarter.

For Chlamydia infection rates for the top three were:

Hastings – 16.1%
Kaikohe – 14%
Invercargill/Gore and Wyndham ?- 12.9%

Rate = total no. cases/total no. clinic visits, expressed as a percentage.