Warning: Drug-resistant staph infection

This New York Times article gives a quick once-over on a highly resistant staph infection (a strain of MRSA bacteria) that seems to be disproportionately hitting gay men. I was listening to a NPR report about yesterday which discussed how the lesions are often showing up on or around the genitals and buttocks, which suggested that the bacteria were being passed through sexual contact. However, they also cautioned that it seems like people may be getting it through casual contact as well.

Keep in mind that just because an infection hits gay men more than it hits other groups does not mean that it will only hit gay men. Or that it won’t hit you if you’re a straight or married man who secretly has sex with men. Or if you’re a woman. Or if you’re not sexually active. It is bacteria. And bacteria don’t care how you identify yourself – they just "care" if there is a way to be transmitted. Doctors and public health/sexual health researchers are trying to learn more about how these bacteria are being transmitted. Stay tuned.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.