Sex Bad News for Gay Men
posted by January 14 at 21:53 PMon
The New York Times is reporting that a new and virulent strain of “flesh-eating” bacteria is spreading among gay men in San Francisco and Boston.
In a study published online by the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the bacteria seemed to be spread most easily through anal intercourse but also through casual skin-to-skin contact and touching contaminated surfaces…. The new strain seems to have “spread rapidly” in gay populations in San Francisco and Boston, the researchers wrote, and “has the potential for rapid, nationwide dissemination” among gay men.
The study was based on a review of medical records from outpatient clinics in San Francisco and Boston and nine medical centers in San Francisco.
The Castro district in San Francisco has the highest number of gay residents in the country, according to the University of California, San Francisco. One in 588 residents is infected with the new multidrug-resistant MRSA strain, the study found. That compares with 1 in 3,800 people in San Francisco, according to statistical analyses based on ZIP codes.
Anything you can do to protect yourself? Yeah, say the docs: scrub with soap and water after skin-to-skin contact. We might also think about reducing the number of our sex partners—you know, having more sex with fewer people. That’s the advice we got at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. It was a pretty effective sexual health strategy, you know, back in the day.
More at Towleroad.