The SuperBug of the year MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is in the news again. Now a new possible route of infection is causing a spike in MRSA cases in gay men. You boys have to be careful. MRSA often initially looks like a small dotted rash or allergic reaction, and people ignore it until it gets severe. But it can be fatal or cause serious disfiguring. The treatment must be done promptly and involves expensive antibiotics usually through IV. Everyone should be careful in situations where they may be exposed like the gym or a hospital. But new research indicates gay man are more likely to be infected than straight men (13 times more so in San Francisco). So before the general public starts blaming gay men for yet another disease, be safe, be healthy, and be informed.
Here are some of the important points from a Reuters article on the topic:
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A drug-resistant strain of potentially deadly bacteria has moved beyond the borders of U.S. hospitals and is being transmitted among gay men during sex, researchers said on Monday.
They said methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is beginning to appear outside hospitals in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles.
About 30 percent of all people carry ordinary staph chronically. It can be passed by touching other people or by depositing the bacteria on surfaces or objects.
The best way to avoid infection is by washing the hands or genitals with soap and water, Diep said.
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