• HndsmKansan

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    Jan 14, 2008 10:30 PM GMT
    I heard on NPR that some new strain of Staph is affecting a goodly percentage of gay men in Boston (and to a lesser extent, San Francisco) and that it is resistant to a degree to antibiotics and transmitted from sex. It was reported that a health center in Boston called "Fenway Community Health Center" has diagonosed some of these cases.

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    Jan 15, 2008 12:29 AM GMT
    This is going to give me nightmares. I'm already imagining that it's going to be a sexually-transmitted form of the dreaded "necrotizing fasciitis," of the notorious "Killer Bug Ate My Face" tabloid headlines in the UK.

    UPDATE: I went and read the link. Holy shit! This sounds bad: A new antibiotic-resistant STD transmitted through skin-to-skin contact that causes "more-virulent skin infections." (More virulent than those ordinary, no-big-deal staph infections, I guess.)
  • GeorgeNJ

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    Jan 15, 2008 2:37 AM GMT
    Here is another link:

    The article cites 2 factors for the prevalence of this Staph among gay men: (1) anal sex, and (2) a high number of different partners.

    I'm not questioning that anal sex may be a vehicle for the transmission of this Staph bug. But I'm just wondering: If anal sex is the culprit, why is this Staph not also increasing among straight couples?
  • gr8hands4you

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    Jan 15, 2008 9:32 PM GMT
    Hey guys just read it myself. One of my doctor friends brought it to my attention. Make sure all your friends read this please. Gr8
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    Jan 15, 2008 9:36 PM GMT
    It's a g0y plot.
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    Jan 15, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    i just read about this, this morning as well. my first reaction was, "ah... another 'gay' disease"
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    Jan 15, 2008 9:58 PM GMT
    OMG! Being single and celibate is as bad as I thought.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Jan 24, 2008 5:26 PM GMT
    Researchers Pinpoint Best Treatment to Reduce Deadly USA300, MRSA Staph Infections

    CORVALLIS, Ore., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent College
    of Pharmacy study at Oregon State University, one type of over-the-counter
    product for minor wound care is substantially more effective than others in
    killing MRSA, including the virulent strain USA300. Scientists conducting
    the study compared three common over-the-counter wound care treatments for
    effectiveness against four strains of community acquired MRSA. Breaks in
    the skin, such as cuts and scrapes, are the most common entry point for the
    highly aggressive staph bacteria.

    The new laboratory study showed that standard OTC antibacterial
    products are helpful for preventing common infections but only one product,
    Staphaseptic, made by Tec Laboratories, was effective in killing MRSA and
    the USA300 strain. The ointment-like gel, made with Benzethonium chloride,
    tea tree oil and white thyme oil, killed MRSA quicker and more effectively
    than the other compounds tested and had a sustained killing effect for 24

    "We wanted to try these common OTC wound-treating products to see if
    they would kill a wide range of MRSA strains since MRSA has mutated
    significantly into more than one strain," said Oregon State's Dr. J. Mark
    Christensen, one of the authors of the study.

    According to information from OSU, scientists there found that each of
    the products tested had some effectiveness, but only the Staphaseptic
    product had a genuine "bactericidal" effect -- meaning it reduced the
    number of bacteria by a factor of 1,000 -- against all four of the tested
    MRSA strains. The four strains tested were USA300-1, USA300-2, USA300-3,
    and USA400.

    Also included in the testing were products made with neomycin and
    polymyxin; and another made with polymyxin and gramicidin. All three of the
    compounds used in the tests are widely available over the counter at
    national drug store chains. Staphaseptic is relatively new, while the other
    two are commonly found, with slight variations, in "maximum strength" or
    "triple antibiotic" compounds routinely sold in drug stores.

    The USA300 strain of MRSA was put in the spotlight recently in a study
    published online by The Annals of Internal Medicine. Results showed that at
    one Boston area health clinic monitored in the study, 97% of patients
    infected with MRSA had the USA300 strain. The AIM study was led by Dr. Binh
    Diep who stressed the urgent need for prevention of these potentially
    deadly infections.

    "Once this reaches the general population, it will be truly
    unstoppable," said Diep. "That's why we're trying to spread the message of

    Researchers conducting the Oregon State University study also focused
    on prevention by testing products that are commonly used to prevent various
    infections in cuts and scrapes, rather than testing more expensive
    prescription antibiotics that attempt to kill the superbug after a severe
    infection takes hold.

    The study was recently presented at a meeting of the American Society
    of Health-System Pharmacists by Dr. David Bearden, a specialist in
    infectious diseases and an author of the study. Dr. George P. Allen joined
    Bearden and Christensen as the third author.

    "Staphaseptic remained bactericidal for 24 hours, which surprised me,"
    said Christensen. "Usually you see an initial kill, which is followed by
    the bacteria growing again. But Staphaseptic blunted this regrowth and
    suppressed the bacteria, showing killing for up to 24 hours."

    According to Bearden, USA300 is being passionately studied for a
    reason. "USA300 has become the predominant strain in severe
    community-acquired skin infections. The strain is more virulent and infects
    individuals who are otherwise healthy, something that earlier hospital
    strains of MRSA did not."

    A copy of the original OSU Time Kill study can be viewed by following
    this link

    SOURCE Tec Laboratories, Inc.
  • HereNBoston

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    Feb 17, 2008 5:19 AM GMT
    yeah, from what i've heard its skin to skin contact, usually showing up with some nasty boils. community acquired MRSA isn't anything new.

    the media loves to sensationlize this stuff and get people all worked up. community acquired MRSA is no joke, but dont think you're gonna catch it bumping into some queen at a club. oh, but if you see a large pussing boil...... run. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 17, 2008 6:11 AM GMT
    Well it's a good thing I'm not socially or sexually active in Boston this year. Been here 3 years and only had sex with my partner. Am I ever greatful for an unexplained sudden lowered libido after the break up...
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    Feb 18, 2008 3:16 AM GMT
    MRSA isn't new. Why is the press suddenly trying to jump on this? It's been around for at least a decade. Why is this being framed as a "gay" disease??