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Drug-Resistant Potentially Deadly Bacteria Being Transmitted Sexually

Public Health STD's 2008

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#1 sierraleone

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 06:10 PM

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A new, highly drug-resistant strain of the “flesh-eating” MRSA bacteria is being spread among gay men in San Francisco and Boston, researchers reported on Monday.

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 authors warned that unless microbiology laboratories were able to identify the strain and doctors prescribed the proper antibiotic therapy, the infection could soon spread among other groups and become a wider threat.

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#2 RobL

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 08:17 PM

At the hospital where my mom works, there is an infectious disease doctor who specializes in MRSA. His basic theory/attitude is that MRSA is so common now that it has become part of our natural bacteria. Its in all of us, in the air, and the enviorment. Its when our immune system gets compromised through illness or surgery, that it suddenly crops up.

Personally, I'm not too worried. When its time for me to go, it's my time. I'm not going to hide under my bed all of my life afraid of superbugs or some other disaster to come and get me.  :cool:

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#3 Nikcara

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 09:16 PM

^That depends on the strain of MRSA.  There are tons of different types of staph.  Some are pathogenic, some are opportunistic, and the rest (the majority) don't do a dang thing to humans.
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#4 Chakoteya

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 01:21 AM

I think the basic guidelines for hospitals should be - don't visit if you're even slightly unwell and wash your hands before entering the ward to see your loved one. That would help deal with germs passed on by skin to skin contact.
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