More on MRSA

February 13, 2008 at 9:45 am 3 comments

There is still an overwhelming amount of misinformation floating around about MRSA and gay men. One gay commenter to a previous post of mine on the subject repeated the false claim that MRSA is more prevalent among gay men than heterosexual men.

As a gay man who always practices safe sex, I was surprised and baffled as to how I contracted the infection. But as mentioned, it is very easy to contract and to spread. Although not isolated to the gay community, the rates of this infection among gay men in particular are much higher than among heterosexual men just as STDs and HIV are.

Thank goodness Jim Pickett of the fabulous gay men’s health blog Life Lube comes to rescue.

All the authorities on the matter agree – MRSA is NOT an STD, and “playing safe”, i.e wearing a condom, or not, has nothing to do with how MRSA is spread. Sure, because it can be passed from skin to skin contact, that includes during sex, but the majority of cases involve much more casual contact. Furthermore, MRSA is NOT more prevalent among gay men. The story/research out of CA only looked at the CASTRO – um, hello. The disease is much more prevalent in the general population and esp among athletes, the military. In my last check, most of the folks who fit these descriptions are in fact, heterosexual. But of course, being that MRSA is NOT an STD, there really has been not much of a reason to categorize the associated data by sexuality.

Being careful consists of good hygiene for the most part.

For more clear-headed information on MRSA, check the in depth posts on MRSA Madness.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christopher  |  February 13, 2008 at 11:47 am

    As I understand MRSA, based on what my partner, Jim, tells me, and he’s in the process of getting his BSN in Nursing, MRSA, can happen in anyone who abuses or overuses antibiotics.

    It’s real but, it isn’t gay-specific.

    Bottomline: only take doctor prescribed antibiotics when needed.

  • 2. proudprogressive  |  February 14, 2008 at 11:19 am

    MRSA is most certainly NOT exclusive to the gay community i spent yrs as a medical social worker in both hospitals and transitional care units..(rehad, elderly care etc) It is or was primarily a hospital borne infrection skin to skin..or noesicomial…what is troubling is that now it finds itself outside clinical settings as mentioned above..gyms , military settings places where people are in close contact..and yes it does require as far as i know an immune system compromised by TOO MANY ANTIBIOTICS…and good hygiene..serious hand washing..etc will go a long long way. And gay specific…oh that is pure bolderdash…

    i swear anything to help scapegoat the lgbTq comm. !! sheesh

  • 3. dianarn  |  February 14, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Community-Aquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) is something everybody should really worry about. It infects the skin and can live on surfaces for weeks. It has been killing people with healthy immune systems. I had 19-year old kids in the hospital with CA-MRSA. It’s horrible. And now they’re saying that in Canada, MRSA was very prevalent among IV drug users. Well a year later, CA-MRSA had taken its place and nobody knows how that can happen.

    CA-MRSA has a lot more stuff going on than just antibiotic resistance. The researchers are saying this stuff didn’t even start in hospitals, so who knows where it came from or who let it out.


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