More on MRSA
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.
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.