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New Skin Infection Concerns Doctors, Activists
CNSNews.com ^ | 2/26/03 | Lawrence Morahan

Posted on 02/26/2003 5:04:36 AM PST by kattracks

(CNSNews.com) - Public health officials in California are alerting male homosexuals to the dangers of a new skin infection that is communicable during sex, but some activists charge they're not doing enough to prevent its spread.

The San Francisco Health Department has sent out informational bulletins on methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), or "staph," to chiropractors, masseurs and gymnasium and sex-club operators, alerting them to increases of the infection. Officials also have held informational forums at homosexual community centers.

More recently, Los Angeles health officials also have identified an increase in MRSA among male homosexuals.

Officials, however, can't provide numbers of staph infections because MRSA is not a reportable disease in California.

"We've heard anecdotally that there are increases, but we haven't been able to substantiate it," said Colleen Johnson, a San Francisco Health Department spokeswoman. "We will be creating a surveillance system in the next couple of months, but it will take a while in order to have enough data for it to be accurate."

The Health Department is working with the University of California, local health authorities and doctors to prevent the infections from spreading, she said.

Michael Petrelis, a longtime AIDS activist, said the Health Department in San Francisco is failing to control staph infections as it has failed to control other sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infections.

"We've had a doubling of syphilis cases; gonorrhea is up, and now, we have a new drug-resistant staph infection. To me, it says the Health Department in 'San Frisco' is a failure," Petrelis said.

Drug-resistant staph is not new, but this strain is more contagious because it produces a toxin that is passed through the skin, experts said.

"What's new is that some of these are being spread by skin-to-skin infections, and the skin-to-skin contact seems to be of a sexual nature," said Dr. John Diggs, a medical consultant to the Family Research Council.

"The difference is that this is treatable and that it can be spread through more casual contact. It doesn't have to be contact of a sexual nature," he added.

However, the disease could spread rapidly among homosexual men, who have high rates of sexual promiscuity, Diggs said.

Doctors are not accustomed to seeing this type of infection in their offices, Diggs said. It's the kind of infection they expect to see in patients who might be hospitalized or who are otherwise debilitated with diabetes or chemotherapy, he said.

Since early last summer, for example, the San Francisco Health Department has identified an increasing number of patients with soft tissue infections among city jail inmates, the department reported.

The infections can cause pneumonia and bladder, skin and blood infections. In some cases, the disease can be fatal, doctors report.

But in order to control an epidemic, officials need to have some idea what the incidence is, "and they're not doing anything to find out what the incidence is," Diggs said.

"The problem from the beginning is that most of these sexually transmitted diseases have been treated as political issues rather than public health issues," he said.

"The approach they're taking is you treat people, and if they don't get better, then you test them for MRSA," he said.

"There could be people you treat who do get better who still have MRSA. To have MRSA doesn't mean it's not treatable. What it means is it's not treatable by the common methicillin-type antibiotics," he said.

While no official figures are available on the number of staph infections, one San Francisco doctor estimated the city's cases number between 200 and 300.


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"We've had a doubling of syphilis cases; gonorrhea is up, and now, we have a new drug-resistant staph infection. To me, it says the Health Department in 'San Frisco' is a failure," Petrelis said.

To me, it says people should take some precautions before they fall into bed (or wherever) with someone.

1 posted on 02/26/2003 5:04:36 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
"However, the disease could spread rapidly among homosexual men, who have high rates of sexual promiscuity, Diggs said."

Uh oh, he's gonna be in BIG trouble for speaking this truth.

2 posted on 02/26/2003 5:08:11 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: kattracks
but some activists charge they're not doing enough to prevent its spread.

How about KEEPING YOUR PANTS ON? Then you won't have to PUT THE BLAME ON SOMEONE ELSE! For ONCE take responsibility for YOUR ACTIONS!

3 posted on 02/26/2003 5:08:40 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: kattracks
It's eczama. I swear it.
4 posted on 02/26/2003 5:10:22 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: kattracks
Michael Petrelis, a longtime AIDS activist, said the Health Department in San Francisco is failing to control staph infections as it has failed to control other sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infections.

Right. The promiscuous sex has nothing to do with spreading the infections...it's all governments fault.

5 posted on 02/26/2003 5:11:42 AM PST by Drango (Two wrongs don't make a right...but three lefts do!)
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To: kattracks
What in the world is a skin-rash activist??



Oh.
6 posted on 02/26/2003 5:13:01 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: Drango
it's all governments fault.

Remember, to Dims, AIDS is caused by lack of funding.

7 posted on 02/26/2003 5:14:10 AM PST by wbill
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To: Ole Okie
I guess this means that the folks that target those with the skin thingies are "rashists."
8 posted on 02/26/2003 5:18:32 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~All our ZOT are belong to us~)
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To: kattracks
Drug resistant Staph is becoming a major problem nation wide.

My wife is a Cath-lab nurse, and she says that almost 10-20% of infections they are seeing nowadays are drug-resistant.

Someone needs to find the new "Penicillin" and soon. (Speaking of which, just how did they think "Hmm let me scrap this fuzzy stuff off of this rotten food and see if it cures diseases).

The biggest culprit of this drug-resistant strain are the doctors who prescribe antobiotics at the drop of a hat. Then the patients only take them until they feel better -- if the bottle says "Take until gone" DO IT! By only partially treating the infection you are leaving organisms alive that can now build a resistance to the antibiotic.

9 posted on 02/26/2003 5:18:33 AM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Now that was a "rash" comment!
10 posted on 02/26/2003 5:19:13 AM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: Drango
it's all governments fault.

That was the turning point for me. I became a full fledged right-winger when the homosexuals blamed Reagan for AIDS in the '80s. And the liberal media never rebuked them.

11 posted on 02/26/2003 5:19:42 AM PST by stevio
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To: kattracks
Just when you think you've heard it all........
12 posted on 02/26/2003 5:22:07 AM PST by Trust but Verify
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To: kattracks
Michael Petrelis, a longtime AIDS activist, said the Health Department in San Francisco is failing to control staph infections as it has failed to control other sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infections. "We've had a doubling of syphilis cases; gonorrhea is up, and now, we have a new drug-resistant staph infection. To me, it says the Health Department in 'San Frisco' is a failure," Petrelis said.

Yeah, Its the city's fault.

13 posted on 02/26/2003 5:22:08 AM PST by Ches
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To: commish
"Drug resistant Staph is becoming a major problem nation wide."

I guess some San Francisco denizens will never learn that you shouldn't insert thy sword in thy staph.

14 posted on 02/26/2003 5:22:45 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~All our ZOT are belong to us~)
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To: stevio
And the liberal media never rebuked them.

Rebuke 'em? Like a skin rash, the media to this day, still spreads that old shibboleth.

15 posted on 02/26/2003 5:23:49 AM PST by Drango (Two wrongs don't make a right...but three lefts do!)
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To: kattracks
Drug-resistant staph is not new, but this strain is more contagious because it produces a toxin that is passed through the skin, experts said.

Remember this the next time you shake hands with a queer.
16 posted on 02/26/2003 5:31:28 AM PST by DH
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To: commish
My mother-in-law was in the hospital and contracted a staph infection there. They took it VERY seriously and put her on an intravenous antibiotic for weeks. She was sent home with a tube in her arm so that she could go back to the hospital first every day, then every other day, to get the IV antibiotic treatments. It was a pretty fancy antibiotic (I never knew the name). I never realized staph was so serious.
17 posted on 02/26/2003 5:51:15 AM PST by Irene Adler
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To: kattracks
Michael Petrelis, a longtime AIDS "activist", said the Health Department in San Francisco is failing to control staph infections as it has failed to control other sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infections.

Yeah. Blame everyone else. Has it occurred to these einsteins that perhaps dragging their pecker through the dirt might have something to do with this? The truth is, guys like Mike actively prevented any sort of rational GRID/AIDS prevention under the guise of "privacy"; any rational society would have put them under quarantine back in the 80's. Oops.
18 posted on 02/26/2003 6:00:46 AM PST by Freedom4US
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To: kattracks
And it also says to me that these activists should enlist some of the gay journalists in spreading the message. Govt can't do it all.
19 posted on 02/26/2003 6:09:18 AM PST by Patriotic1
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To: fieldmarshaldj
EEEEWW!
20 posted on 02/26/2003 6:09:56 AM PST by Arkie2
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To: kattracks
"We've had a doubling of syphilis cases; gonorrhea is up, and now, we have a new drug-resistant staph infection. To me, it says the Health Department in 'San Frisco' is a failure," Petrelis said.

To me it says that you are a bunch of sick freaks.

21 posted on 02/26/2003 6:11:17 AM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: kattracks
Typical liberal sodomist drivel. The homos have sex five times a night with anyone they see with no protection yet somehow it is the health department's fault that they ge AIDS and syphilis, gonnorea, clymidia, hepatitus, skin infections, etc.
22 posted on 02/26/2003 6:12:14 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: commish
She's right about the drug-resistant bugs. Also, MRSA has been around for years. Nothing new about it.

VRSA is even worse--vancomycin resistant staph aureus. Vanco is a BIG GUN in antibiotics. When bacterial strains get resistant to it, that's bad.

Prairie
23 posted on 02/26/2003 6:14:10 AM PST by prairiebreeze
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To: kattracks
And yet insurance companies don't question whether someone is homosexual. They only care whether someone is a cigarette smoker.

Then again, it is probably against some kind of law to question whether someone is a sexual deviant.

Does anyone have the latest statistics on how many AIDS cases are of indeterminate origin? The figure I heard several years ago was that about 5% of all AIDS cases could not be traced to tainted blood, sexual activity or health care workers being infected by contamiinated materials.

24 posted on 02/26/2003 6:22:55 AM PST by N. Theknow
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To: kattracks
Public health officials in California are alerting male homosexuals to the dangers of a new skin infection that is communicable during sex, but some activists charge they're not doing enough to prevent its spread.

It is hard to fathom how "activists" are criticizing health officials for "not doing enough to prevent" the spread of this new disease when it is the ones engaging in that perverted behavior who are the blame.

If they want to stop the disease then all they need to do is sit down and shut up.

25 posted on 02/26/2003 6:28:34 AM PST by A2J (Those who truly understand peace know that its father is war.)
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To: Drango
Right. The promiscuous sex has nothing to do with spreading the infections...it's all governments fault.

Well, no...You see, it's all the conservative/GOP government's fault.

26 posted on 02/26/2003 6:42:37 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it, but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: commish
Someone needs to find the new "Penicillin" and soon. (Speaking of which, just how did they think "Hmm let me scrap this fuzzy stuff off of this rotten food and see if it cures diseases).

The original English researcher, Alexander Fleming, got lucky and was observant. He was culturing staph bacteria for study and found a petri dish that been contaminated with mold and noticed that the mold was killing the bacteria somehow.

The rotten fruit part was later (during World War II) when engineers in the US were trying to find a mold strain that would work well in huge industrial sized processes (apparently the original mold did not produce enough).

Try a google search on "fleming" and "penicillin" and you will get more than enough reading.

27 posted on 02/26/2003 6:53:24 AM PST by ExpandNATO
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To: prairiebreeze
Vanco is a BIG GUN in antibiotics.

Isn't it pretty much the last gun in antibiotics? VRSA is a very bad thing - there's nothing left in the arsenal to fight that one.

28 posted on 02/26/2003 7:00:07 AM PST by iceskater
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To: kattracks
Once there were two gay men, Stan and Vince, who fell madly in love and moved in together.

Stan would stay home and keep house, while Vince went to his job every day. Every day Vince would get home at 5:15 and they would immediately have wild sex.

Stan somehow picked up a nasty staph infection. His doctor gave him a very powerful anti-biotic to take.

After 10 days the infection was nearly wiped out, except for the last two microbes. They met near the lungs to plot a survival strategy. The one microbe decided to move to the brain and tough it out there.

The other microbe said, "I don't know about you, but when the 5:15 pulls out tonight, I'm going to be on it.".
29 posted on 02/26/2003 7:05:19 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: iceskater
There are some other biggies (and also nasties) as far as antibiotics. Nasty because of side effects. Like amphotericin (aka ampho-terrible). But that might actually be more for fungal-related bugs. I disremember my pharmacology about that at the moment.

Prairie
30 posted on 02/26/2003 7:10:25 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Watching the French self-destruct.............PRICELESS!!!)
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To: A2J
How many more plagues is it going to take before they realize it's their choice of "lifestyle" that's killing them?
It originates in their "community" then spreads to heterosexuals: that makes them a public health hazard, doesn't it?
31 posted on 02/26/2003 7:27:51 AM PST by aeronca
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To: DH
Remember this the next time you shake hands with a queer.

This stuff stays viable on inanimate objects for a good period of time.

Many homosexuals have compromised their own immune systems with recreational drugs (including nitrate poppers), handfuls of antibiotics indiscriminately, (so they can play)then wonder why they acquire all these nasty bugs? You can't do much to educate, much less intervene with people who are willfully ignorant of their own responsibilities.

33 posted on 02/26/2003 10:22:31 AM PST by LaineyDee
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To: madg
”Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…”

I couldn't have phrased it better. *chuckle*

34 posted on 02/26/2003 10:24:12 AM PST by LaineyDee
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To: kattracks
I just don't understand...isn't being gay just a normal, safe, sane lifestyle like any other? (sarcasm off)
36 posted on 02/26/2003 3:05:52 PM PST by american spirit
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To: madg
I've never even heard of the guy... but I'd have to say I'm not convinced that HIV causes AIDS either. There's alot of research that contradicts the "mainstream" medical theories on this. One of the things that picqued my interest years ago....is (1) The medical community has built a solid industry around AIDS (just like cancer) AND.......(2) Why are they giving AZT as a frontline drug for a disease that supposedly ravages the immune system? AZT was pulled some 25+yrs ago as a chemotherapy drug because it was so devastating to the immune system.

A very compelling book to read is, "Inventing The AIDS Virus" by Dr.Peter H. Duesberg, which was written in 1995. (He is a leading microbiologist an a pioneer in the discovery of the HIV family of viruses.} Basically, AIDS is too well-funded (a proverbial cash cow) that researchers don't want to let go of.

Magic Johnson refused conventional treatment when he was diagnosed with AIDS....preferring to take natural treatments to boost his immune system. He has now been certified as "cured". I have an Uncle that died from AIDS 2yrs after diagnosis and going through the prescribed drugs and treatments. His son has AIDS as well, but has lived for 15 yrs without treatment. Coincidence? Could be.... but it has my attention.

37 posted on 02/26/2003 7:12:07 PM PST by LaineyDee
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To: madg
Pardon my spelling......it's been a loooooooooong day. *chuckle* That'll teach me to reread my posts before hitting that button, eh?
38 posted on 02/26/2003 7:29:33 PM PST by LaineyDee
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To: commish
'The biggest culprit of this drug-resistant strain are the doctors who prescribe antobiotics at the drop of a hat. Then the
patients only take them until they feel better -- if the bottle says "Take until gone" DO IT! By only partially treating the
infection you are leaving organisms alive that can now build a resistance to the antibiotic.'

That's not the only issue with antibiotics. Doctors prescribe them as a "prophylactic" -- for people who have a virus such as a cold or the flu, they say they don't want themt to get a secondary infection so they give them an antibiotic. The only patients who need this type of prescription are those with a severely compromised immune system. Of course, many mothers aren't happy when they go to the doc unless they walk out with a prescription, so they are part of the problem, too.

This prophylactic use is more of a problem than people only taking their meds for a short period of time.
39 posted on 02/27/2003 8:09:14 AM PST by webstersII
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To: madg
I'm not conversant with the various treatments, but because AIDS can affect people differently, I can understand why one particular treatment might work for some and not others.

That's why I suggested reading the book. It explains alot.

I would like to think that most researchers and other personnel are acting with professional integrity and with the best interests of the patients in mind.

I would too.... but the AZT thing really nags at me. I'm not a conspiracy monger......but the research speaks for itself. Follow the $$ (and read the book)

41 posted on 03/01/2003 10:45:54 AM PST by LaineyDee
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To: kattracks
Doctors are not accustomed to seeing this type of infection in their offices, Diggs said. It's the kind of infection they expect to see in patients who might be hospitalized or who are otherwise debilitated with diabetes or chemotherapy, he said.

How many people know that dialysis clinics are loaded with the stuff?

42 posted on 03/01/2003 10:50:55 AM PST by independentmind
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