New Disease Threat for Gays in New York ?

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    Dec 21, 2012 5:32 AM GMT
    For those who hook-up or trick when traveling:

    “San Francisco health officials warned gay men Thursday to get vaccinated against meningitis if they are planning to travel to New York City, where an outbreak of cases of the bacterial form of the disease has been reported. Local health officials made the recommendation a week after their New York counterparts issued a statement that advised all men who have sex with men to be vaccinated, regardless of whether they have HIV. They said the advisory applied especially to those who live in certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn.”

    http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Meningitis-outbreak-in-NY-gays-warned-4097376.php

    New York officials specifically warned those who have had sex with men in neighborhoods of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, East New York, Prospect Heights or Williamsburg.

    http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/11/theres_no_app_t.php
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:34 AM GMT
    You can get menegitis from sex? I didn't think that was possible.
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    MashogaNubianPrince saidYou can get menegitis from sex? I didn't think that was possible.

    I'm not a doctor, here, only a reporter.
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:45 AM GMT
    This is why you should NOT hook up with random guys. They might be sick in the head.

    Literally
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:03 AM GMT
    SFGateMeningococcal disease is spread by contact with spit, mucus or other fluids from the nose or mouth of someone who has the disease, according to health officials. Typically such contact occurs through kissing, sexual activity, sharing cigarettes or utensils, and living in close quarters. Symptoms include a high fever, headache, stiff neck and rash.


    I'm not seeing why it's only affecting men who have sex with men... but regardless, it sounds like you take the vaccine, then you're good to go.

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    Dec 21, 2012 6:14 AM GMT
    MashogaNubianPrince saidYou can get menegitis from sex? I didn't think that was possible.


    Yes, it is! If someone comes to the hospital with the suspicion of meningitis, they are immediately placed into isolation while their cerebral spinal fluid is tested for the bacteria. If positive, they are given some very strong antibiotics. The patient remains in isolation for 24 hours after the initial antibiotic therapy. During those 24 hours, the patient is highly contagious.

    So, if you start having severe headaches accompanied with a stiff neck and fever, ask yourself if the guy you hooked up with was truly disease free.
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:19 AM GMT
    Further reinforcement that Brooklyn is gross.
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:21 AM GMT
    Menangitis is far common in high-density residential areas- gay, straight, white, black, whatever. I got a shot before I went to college for that very reason.
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:23 AM GMT
    It's more of a college disease than a gay disease, but it can spread fast in any tight community. Colleges often require vaccination, even if you don't live in the dorms.
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 21, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    Why is it being called a gay disease?icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:27 AM GMT
    Erik101 said
    MashogaNubianPrince saidYou can get menegitis from sex? I didn't think that was possible.


    Yes, it is! If someone comes to the hospital with the suspicion of meningitis, they are immediately placed into isolation while their cerebral spinal fluid is tested for the bacteria. If positive, they are given some very strong antibiotics. The patient remains in isolation for 24 hours after the initial antibiotic therapy. During those 24 hours, the patient is highly contagious.

    So, if you start having severe headaches accompanied with a stiff neck and fever, ask yourself if the guy you hooked up with was truly disease free.


    You know back in October I assumed I might of caught something because I had all those symptoms but I didn't have time to go to a doctor and eventually after a few weeks it went away.
  • omgazn

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    Dec 21, 2012 6:28 AM GMT
    Scary stuff is going on here. Next thing you know we need to wear those white mask that prevent infection.
  • Angelix90

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    Dec 21, 2012 6:29 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidWhy is it being called a gay disease?icon_confused.gif


    Over sensationalized. Everyone can get meningitis.
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:31 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidWhy is it being called a gay disease?icon_confused.gif
    Point taken - Topic heading changed. But why are health officials putting out a warning only to gay men?
  • Angelix90

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    Dec 21, 2012 6:39 AM GMT
    HikeSwimSkiSF said
    HottJoe saidWhy is it being called a gay disease?icon_confused.gif
    Point taken - Topic heading changed. But why are health officials putting out a warning only to gay men?


    Viral/bacterial meningococcal is oftenly transmitted through blood. Gay men practise anal sex and anal membrane is much more fragile than vaginal membrane, hence bleeding tends to occur much easily. Besides that, gay men are notorious for having multiple sex partners as well as bareback sex. It increases the risk of transmission.
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:57 AM GMT
    HikeSwimSkiSF saidFor those who hook-up or trick when traveling:

    http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Meningitis-outbreak-in-NY-gays-warned-4097376.php

    New York officials specifically warned those who have had sex with men in neighborhoods of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, East New York, Prospect Heights or Williamsburg.

    http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/11/theres_no_app_t.php
    Are all these Brooklyn neighborhoods?
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    Dec 21, 2012 7:00 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidWhy is it being called a gay disease?icon_confused.gif

    Same reason they called MRSA a gay disease a few years back, even though it was occurring more in high school locker rooms.
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    Dec 21, 2012 7:01 AM GMT
    Angelix90 saidViral/bacterial meningococcal is oftenly transmitted through blood. Gay men practise anal sex and anal membrane is much more fragile than vaginal membrane, hence bleeding tends to occur much easily. Besides that, gay men are notorious for having multiple sex partners as well as bareback sex. It increases the risk of transmission.

    Meningococcal can be spread through saliva and other close contact with someone. It doesn't require anything close to having sex. A make-out session will spread it.
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    Dec 21, 2012 7:24 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA said
    Angelix90 saidViral/bacterial meningococcal is oftenly transmitted through blood. Gay men practise anal sex and anal membrane is much more fragile than vaginal membrane, hence bleeding tends to occur much easily. Besides that, gay men are notorious for having multiple sex partners as well as bareback sex. It increases the risk of transmission.

    Meningococcal can be spread through saliva and other close contact with someone. It doesn't require anything close to having sex. A make-out session will spread it.


    Unlike the common flu, the meningococcal disease is not that contagious. It does not simply transmit through casual contacts with a person that is infected. However, prolonged exposure towards the disease as well as heamatogenous transmission greatly increase the risk of infection.
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    Dec 21, 2012 7:33 AM GMT
    Angelix90 saidUnlike the common flu, the meningococcal disease is not that contagious. It does not simply transmit through casual contacts with a person that is infected. However, prolonged exposure towards the disease as well as heamatogenous transmission greatly increase the risk of infection.

    Correct. It's not as contagious as the flu or the common cold, but it doesn't require blood transmission. People living together can infect each other, which is why it spreads through college dorms relatively easily.
  • Angelix90

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    Dec 21, 2012 7:37 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA said
    Angelix90 saidUnlike the common flu, the meningococcal disease is not that contagious. It does not simply transmit through casual contacts with a person that is infected. However, prolonged exposure towards the disease as well as heamatogenous transmission greatly increase the risk of infection.

    Correct. It's not as contagious as the flu or the common cold, but it doesn't require blood transmission. People living together can infect each other, which is why it spreads through college dorms relatively easily.


    Since the health officials are very concerned with the rate of infection among gay men, this is the only reason I can think of.
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    Dec 21, 2012 7:38 AM GMT
    Angelix90 saidSince the health officials are very concerned about the rate of infection among gay men, this is the only reason I can think of.

    The gay community is often tight-knit. Dudes making out with each other in bars are going to spread it. Sex isn't required. I knew a guy who got it and nearly died.
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    Dec 21, 2012 7:40 AM GMT
    Angelix90 said
    DudeInNOVA said
    Angelix90 saidUnlike the common flu, the meningococcal disease is not that contagious. It does not simply transmit through casual contacts with a person that is infected. However, prolonged exposure towards the disease as well as heamatogenous transmission greatly increase the risk of infection.

    Correct. It's not as contagious as the flu or the common cold, but it doesn't require blood transmission. People living together can infect each other, which is why it spreads through college dorms relatively easily.


    Since the health officials are very concerned with the rate of infection among gay men, this is the only reason I can think of.


    Why us in particular? Are we the only ones having sex or living close together? Do straight people travel in largely sparsely populated celibate nomadic tribes or something?
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    Dec 21, 2012 7:40 AM GMT
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    Angelix90 saidSince the health officials are very concerned about the rate of infection among gay men, this is the only reason I can think of.

    The gay community is often tight-knit. Dudes making out with each other in bars are going to spread it. Sex isn't required. I knew a guy who got it and nearly died.


    Are there two different kinds of it? The kind that goes away on its own and the kind that requires treatment?
  • Angelix90

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    Dec 21, 2012 7:41 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA said
    Angelix90 saidSince the health officials are very concerned about the rate of infection among gay men, this is the only reason I can think of.

    The gay community is often tight-knit. Dudes making out with each other in bars are going to spread it. Sex isn't required. I knew a guy who got it and nearly died.


    Straight people also make out in the bars.