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More Cold Water on the MRSA Scare

Jim Burroway

January 22nd, 2008

From Christopher Wanjek at LiveScience:

A grossly misinterpreted study about drug-resistant staph infections in a gay community in San Francisco, conducted by the University of California, San Francisco, has led some newspapers and numerous anti-gay groups on the Internet to proclaim that an AIDS-like epidemic is upon us, spread through sinful behavior.

… While that might sound ominous, the infection has less to do with being gay and more to do with living in a closed community, which like a school or ship serves as an incubator to spread the disease first within the group and then to the rest of us.

… The research article states that the MRSA strain can be transmitted sexually because, well, there’s usually touching involved. For this community, sexual activity is the probable transition route. For the Amish, MRSA could be transmitted through the sharing of contaminated hammers.

Our report, “Testing the Premise: Is MRSA The New Gay Plague?” provides examples where MRSA was spread on a US Navy ship and among school sports teams. We also talk about its spread in an upstate New York religious community. They weren’t Amish though, as far as I can tell.



January 22nd, 2008 | LINK

I saw this article also. In fact, you can read the article at links on the website Here we try to provide news and info on the MRSA superbug, and how to help protect yourself, your home, your workplace etc without using harmful chemicals that in themselves can be dangerous.

Emily K
January 22nd, 2008 | LINK

wait, the “probable” method of transmission among gays is sexual contact? Man, they really do think we’re all about sex and that we only come together to have sex with everybody else, don’t they??

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