The MRSA STD Connection
Scientists identified this community-associated strain of staph bacteria around the year 2000. Unfortunately, it is virulent and heavily resistant to most antibiotics. It wasn’t until 2007 that researchers at Columbia University Medical Center discovered that MRSA could be spread by sexual contact. Both homosexual and heterosexual populations are vulnerable to these infections.
The Evolution of MRSA
Hospital patients and nursing home residents were once among the most common population segments to be diagnosed with this infection. No one considered MRSA an STD at the time because it was mainly being spread by medical contact or living in close quarters with someone who was infected. This new strain is usually found in younger, healthy people. As diagnoses became more common, the idea that the bacteria could be spread like an STD emerged.
How Is An STD Transmitted?
An STD is frequently transmitted through bodily fluids. That is true for common conditions like HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea. In other situations, an STD is spread through skin-to-skin contact, just like MRSA. Herpes and HPV are both spread through skin-to-skin contact.
Practicing safe sex is one of the best ways to protect yourself from an STD or an MRSA infection. In addition, it’s sensible to wash your hands often, in particular after using the restroom. Avoiding the sharing of razors, tweezers and washcloths is another proven method for limiting the spread of an MRSA infection. MRSA can also be spread through gym equipment. Use an antiseptic spray to clean equipment before use.
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