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January 21, 2008


Helane Shields

"A new report in the Annals of Internal Medicine is reporting that a super resistant bacteria, normally found in hospitals, is spreading in gay communities including San Francisco and Boston.
The superbug, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, causes painful infections which can be life threatening and disfiguring."

Binh Diep, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco who led the study, stated: "Once this reaches the general population, it will be truly unstoppable . . . That's why we're trying to spread the message of prevention"

What's new, and what's alarming, is that MRSA infections are now suspected to be transmitted by heterosexual activity, between husbands and wives and between other monogamous couples. *Infectious Disease News* (1), in its April 2007 issue, reported that three cases of heterosexual activity transmission of MRSA have been identified and confirmed in Manhattan.

Thus, MRSA may be evolving into a dangerous STD even as it continues to mutate and develop resistance, making antibiotics useless.

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