Fielding said the county health department is alerting providers that work regularly with porn performers, which are largely situated in the San Fernando Valley, to be on the lookout for an increase in syphilis cases. Syphilis is transmitted through direct contact with syphilis sores, which generally occur on the exterior genitals, vagina, anus or in the rectum, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. The disease is easily curable if caught in early stages – an individual shot of penicillin can cure a person who has already established syphilis for under a year, based on the CDC.All rights reserved. Neither of the parties endorse or recommend any commercial products, services, or equipment.. Alkeus and Columbia University enter license contract for potential therapies for dry-AMD, Stargardt disease Alkeus Pharmaceuticals and Columbia University announced today they have entered right into a license contract for a set of potential therapies for the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration , Stargardt disease, and other degenerative diseases of the optical eye. Left untreated, these circumstances often result in impaired vision and even blindness. Dr. Ilyas Washington, inventor of the technology and the Michael Jaharis Associate Professor in the Division of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center, has found in preclinical assessment that the substances can decrease accumulation of particular toxic pigments in the attention.