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New Bacteria Strain Is Striking Gay Men
NY Times ^ | January 15, 2008 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN

Posted on 01/15/2008 10:54:35 PM PST by neverdem

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.

The new strain seems to have “spread rapidly” in gay populations in San Francisco and Boston, the researchers wrote, and “has the potential for rapid, nationwide dissemination” among gay men.

The study was based on a review of medical records from outpatient clinics in San Francisco and Boston and nine medical centers in San Francisco.

The Castro district in San Francisco has the highest number of gay residents in the country, according to the University of California, San Francisco. One in 588 residents is infected with the new multidrug-resistant MRSA strain, the study found. That compares with 1 in 3,800 people in San Francisco, according to statistical analyses based on ZIP codes.

A separate part of the study found that gay men in San Francisco were about 13 times more likely to be infected than other people in the city.

The San Francisco researchers suggested that scrubbing with soap and water might be the most effective way to stop skin-to-skin transmission, particularly after sexual activities.

MRSA, for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, was once spread chiefly in hospitals. But in recent years, a number of healthy people have acquired it outside hospitals.

Nearly 19,000 people died in the United States from MRSA infections in 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and...

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Emergence of Multidrug-Resistant, Community-Associated, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Clone USA300 in Men Who Have Sex with Men


Photo Researchers
THREAT Some MRSA bacteria is resistant to drugs.


Duh! The 'R' in MRSA stands for resistant.

1 posted on 01/15/2008 10:54:36 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

The next gay disease to be blamed on Republicans. Coming to your TV screens in 2010.


2 posted on 01/15/2008 10:56:10 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: neverdem

Five bucks says that before this thread is out some knucklehead will come in claiming this is God’s wrath poured out on mankind.


3 posted on 01/15/2008 11:00:39 PM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: neverdem

“....and touching contaminated surfaces.”

Swell.

Door knobs? ATMs?


4 posted on 01/15/2008 11:01:23 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Stay out of San Francisco!


5 posted on 01/15/2008 11:06:46 PM PST by Romneyfor President2008
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To: neverdem; arderkrag
some knucklehead will come in claiming this is God’s wrath poured out on mankind.

I won't claim that but I have heard that the fist symptom of the disease is a pounding in the arse.

6 posted on 01/15/2008 11:07:17 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58
Striking Gay Men

Is this about the Hollywood writers?

8 posted on 01/15/2008 11:14:52 PM PST by gr8eman (Everybody is a rocket scientist...until launch day!)
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To: neverdem
I suppose the question of how many times the infected population was previously treated with antibiotics was never asked.

This is series.
9 posted on 01/15/2008 11:17:41 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul politicians. The Ship of State needs a good scrubbing!)
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To: Morgana
come down with the virus

Today's class is bacteria - relatively large organisms like the staph strain in this story and virus teensy weensy things not in the story but in your post.

10 posted on 01/15/2008 11:19:05 PM PST by ninonitti
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To: neverdem

MMM. boils in a very nasty spot. Those who are, ahem, imunno suppressed from oh say HIV, are ah screwed.


11 posted on 01/15/2008 11:22:31 PM PST by rmlew (Huckabee flip flops so much it makes Romney cringe)
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To: Graybeard58

gives new meaning to the phrase by butt is killing me.


13 posted on 01/15/2008 11:24:51 PM PST by LukeL
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To: rmlew

LOL!


16 posted on 01/15/2008 11:33:55 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: neverdem

MRSA, for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is homophoblic


17 posted on 01/15/2008 11:37:00 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: neverdem

Man, oh man!

That’s gotta be a pain in the arse


18 posted on 01/15/2008 11:39:59 PM PST by Greenpees (Coulda Shoulda Woulda)
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To: neverdem

Rah, rah, rah, zip boom bah!


19 posted on 01/15/2008 11:42:55 PM PST by Waco
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To: neverdem
Whoa, did you see this?

From your above post:

“Nearly 19,000 people died in the United States from MRSA infections in 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and...”

Deadly Bacteria Found to Be More Common
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/health/17infect.html

“If the mortality estimates are correct, the number of deaths associated with the germ, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, would exceed those attributed to H.I.V.-AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, emphysema or homicide each year.”

20 posted on 01/15/2008 11:43:42 PM PST by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: neverdem

But dont any of you dare to say that it is behaviorly avoidable!! You bigots.


21 posted on 01/15/2008 11:47:00 PM PST by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: Graybeard58; arderkrag
some knucklehead will come in claiming this is God’s wrath poured out on mankind.
I won't claim that but I have heard that the fist symptom of the disease is a pounding in the arse.


I may not be able to speak on behalf of the Wrath of God, but I did stay in a HolyDay Inn Express last night, and there were no booty bandits or rump rangers to be seen.
22 posted on 01/15/2008 11:59:49 PM PST by mkjessup (Where's Duncan Hunter you ask? BLACKLISTED for telling the truth on the "KENNEDY WING of the GOP!")
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To: arderkrag

You should win!
Already projecting your hatred on us christians.
Cheap shot from a liberal or libertatrian.

You can’t normalize gayness. I guess you’ll blame
us evil heterosexual evangelical christians
for this one.


23 posted on 01/16/2008 12:15:09 AM PST by ChiMark
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To: BIGLOOK
Serious . However a series will be coming to your T.V. this spring
24 posted on 01/16/2008 12:18:55 AM PST by ChiMark
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To: ChiMark
Ummm...I am a Christian. A Protestant Evangelical Christian. but I utterly dismis the notion that AIDs, Hurricanes, High Gas prices, or flesh eating bacteria are God's wrath poured out on mankind. And the people that think so are good only for comic relief for me.
25 posted on 01/16/2008 12:19:10 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Chgogal

We need to make a quilt. Raise awareness. Educate. Wear some ribbons. Have a Congressional hearing. Throw some money at it. March on Washington. And if all else fails, have a candlelight vigil.


26 posted on 01/16/2008 12:32:30 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: arderkrag

I sure hope that MRSA is not a sign of God’s wrath, because homosexual sex is not the only way it is spread.

I have read that the bacteria seems to often be found around seafood or shellfish. There was a local little boy who got it on his lip after running into a poll during a basketball game and numerous other anecdotal stories about MRSA that are totally unrelated to homosexual activity.


27 posted on 01/16/2008 12:34:55 AM PST by Eva
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To: neverdem

Newsom’s fault...


28 posted on 01/16/2008 12:36:49 AM PST by citizencon
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To: Eva
That was kind of my point, under all the cynicism. People claim HIV/AIDs is God's wrath poured out on the promiscuous and the drug-abusers. However, HIV is known to be transmittable through any number of means, and plenty of innocents end up with it, making this a ludicrous claim.

Unless, of course, you think dental equipment transmitting HIV is just the Lord working in mysterious ways.
29 posted on 01/16/2008 12:41:35 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: arderkrag

I don’t know about that but this is like the 4th time this article has posted today.

In other news we have a norva virus break out at OSU and the nursing home a few miles away from the dorms.

Which is known as a killer flu for the young and elderly.


30 posted on 01/16/2008 12:43:12 AM PST by Global2010
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To: Global2010
I don’t know about that but this is like the 4th time this article has posted today

Of course it has - this is going to be the media's new "health scare", and buzzwords like "pandemic' will be thrown around.
31 posted on 01/16/2008 12:45:14 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Morgana

Wash your hands.


32 posted on 01/16/2008 12:47:16 AM PST by Global2010
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To: arderkrag

I used to be a dental hygienist, and I have to tell you that transmitting AIDS through dental equipment had nothing to do with God, and everything to do with cheap, lazy dentists. The office where I worked in the eighties used non-autoclavable prophy angles, which means that they were simply wiped with alchohol between patients.


33 posted on 01/16/2008 12:47:35 AM PST by Eva
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To: arderkrag

Well maybe it’s not the wrath of God but the
good book does warn of of this behavior. I’m perplexed as to why a few Christians would offend you but the narcissitic gay behavior does not?
It’s curable; don’t do it!

It’s too bad the culture has become irreconcilable to the truth. Those with differing opinions should be shamed into silence.

Not here, ever.

Veneral disease is almost to epidemic proportions in this country and your worried that a few people may attribute this to Jehovah.

is going to cost us $Millions.Speaking in purely scientific and practical terms if you don’t engage you’ll be safe.


34 posted on 01/16/2008 12:48:42 AM PST by ChiMark
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I’m perplexed as to why a few Christians would offend you but the narcissitic gay behavior does not?

They don't offend me, they amuse me.
35 posted on 01/16/2008 12:50:08 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Eva

Shellfish hmmm as in raw oyster shooters?

I over heard a guy say he got a scratched eyeball by a flying crab shell (fishing community) and more than one person told him get to the ER because the bacteria in raw crab in the eye could lead to a serious infection.

But MRSA is everywhere it is not exclusive to the orfices of gay men.

I think about spread of viruses/staph that when I see local nursing home employees wearing there work scrubs to the grocery store.

Should strip those work clothes off before coming into public. JMO


36 posted on 01/16/2008 12:55:33 AM PST by Global2010
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To: neverdem

” but also through casual skin-to-skin contact and touching contaminated surfaces”

This is a bad trend... Drug resistant bacteria can be blamed largely on our society’s obsession with using antibiotics for everything - including the ineffective treatment of colds that are the result of a virus... The bacteria that survive are immune, and their children inherit that immunity. And bacteria like to have children very, very frequently.

With more effective treatments for HIV, many HIV-positive gay men have decided “what the heck, it can’t get any worse” and engaged in unprotected sexual activities. The problem is - it CAN, and WILL, get worse. Viruses, like bacteria, can mutate. HIV is especially good at mutating.

So this “barebacking” phenomenon, where gay men will have unprotected sex since they feel they already have the “big one” out of the way, will inevitably produce ever more virulent and drug resistant critters which will go on to harass the rest of society.

Mike Huckabee crossed a line when he said AIDS patients should be quarantined, but these folks aren’t doing themselves any favors by making a bad situation even worse.


37 posted on 01/16/2008 1:05:29 AM PST by COgamer
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To: arderkrag
Ever heard of a little place called Sodom??
38 posted on 01/16/2008 1:19:30 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Why, yes. Fire and Brimstone rained on them from on high. They weren’t wiped out by a disease that can be spread through mundane means like grabbing a doorknob.


39 posted on 01/16/2008 1:23:35 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: neverdem
Evetually a 30 second super form of the bacteria will evolve and Gay men will be consumed in front of our very eyes. What a message from the phenomenal world. It just aint natural.
40 posted on 01/16/2008 1:53:51 AM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing.)
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I don’t care what your politics or religion are..

Can we quarantine this time?


41 posted on 01/16/2008 1:59:38 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: neverdem
Instead of 'Gay' substitute Bisexual . . . ! Nothing will bring the truth home quicker than a flesh eating, drug resistant bacteria. "Whoa, Nellie! My ding dong fell off!," say former members of the Double Gated Club.
42 posted on 01/16/2008 2:16:19 AM PST by ex-Texan (Matthew 7: 1 - 6)
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To: arderkrag
Correct, they weren’t wiped out by a disease that can be spread through mundane means like grabbing a doorknob.

But Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt for simply looking back.

Maybe that's why it's called wrath. And do we really want things to get out of hand and go there?

I simply don't know if this is the Wrath of God. I suspect if it is we will know when God chooses for us to know.

You don't know either.

43 posted on 01/16/2008 2:28:32 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I simply don't know if this is the Wrath of God.

You really think a disease that strikes people through doorknobs could be God's wrath? Sorry, I don't. Period. And I'm going to find humor in anyone who does, just like I'm going to find humor in that fat, bloated Falwell claiming Katrina was God trying to send a message to America. No, it wasn't, it was a storm. Lot's wife was struck down for direct defiance of God, just like the cities. She didn't contract a disease, which is all this is in the end. A disease.
44 posted on 01/16/2008 2:35:41 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: arderkrag
I said I don’t know, and you don’t know. But you left out the children starving to death in Africa - What did they do?

It would benefit you to understand there are no guarantees in this world. If you have one I would like to see it.

The guarantees are in Heaven, everlasting life in the Kingdom of God (unless you are too busy laughing to make it).

45 posted on 01/16/2008 3:02:30 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: Eva

It’s funny you mention shellfish. My son plays football and MRSA is a huge concern. Last year the school started giving all of the players this spray to use after the uniforms got out of the wash before the dryer. The active ingredient in it is derived from shellfish.


46 posted on 01/16/2008 3:10:50 AM PST by panthermom (DUNCAN HUNTER 2008)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
But you left out the children starving to death in Africa - What did they do?

What do you even mean by this?

It would benefit you to understand there are no guarantees in this world.

It would benefit you to know this isn't news to me. You aren't educating anyone here.

If you have one I would like to see it

I have already explained how I know this isn't God's wrath poured out on mankind. Please choose a new subject, as you just can't seem to get the humor in the people who believe that hurricanes are God's wrath on the country.
47 posted on 01/16/2008 3:10:51 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: arderkrag

If fire and brimstone did rain on San Fran, they would blame it on global warming.


48 posted on 01/16/2008 3:16:55 AM PST by westmichman ( God said: "They cry 'peace! peace!' but there is no peace. Jeremiah 6:14)
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To: westmichman

Well, it would be decidedly hotter, so they would correct - for once.


49 posted on 01/16/2008 3:19:25 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: arderkrag
Biblically, all “bad things” (storms, disease, etc) are the result of the collective sin of mankind. There are no innocents. We all pay the price one way or another. Even the creation pays the price for our sins. Says so in Romans.
50 posted on 01/16/2008 4:00:29 AM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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