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Subject: disease transmission
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: davidmo-ga
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Posted: 30 Oct 2004 10:01 PDT
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Question ID: 422108
If I have a systemic MRSA infection, can my girlfriend be infected if
she performs oral sex on me?
Subject: Re: disease transmission
Answered By: kriswrite-ga on 30 Oct 2004 13:32 PDT
Hello Davidmo~

The chances of spreading a MRSA infection via oral sex is low.
Regarding this subject, one doctor put the risk this way:  ?I have
never known it [an MRSA infection] to be passed on by a blow job--at
least, not so far.? (?Can You Clarify the Risks of Oral Sex,? Net

MRSA is a type of bacterium ?commonly found on the skin and/or in the
noses of healthy people. Although it is usually harmless at these
sites, it may occasionally get into the body (e.g. through breaks in
the skin such as abrasions, cuts, wounds, surgical incisions or
indwelling catheters) and cause infections. These infections may be
mild (e.g. pimples or boils) or serious (e.g. infection of the
bloodstream, bones or joints).? (?Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus (MRSA) infection,? Net Doctor:

MRSA is spread by direct or indirect contact, and any openings in the
skin increase its rate of transmission.

Indeed, there's some controversy over the transmission of MRSA, which
may or may not be more prevalent among homosexual men (who are more
apt to get lesions during sex). (See for example ?CDC investigates
CA-MRSA infections in gay men,? Bay Windows:

If your girlfriend has any abrasions, sores, cuts, or openings in her
mouth, it?s possible (though again, perhaps not likely) for you to
transmit the infection to her. Since the precautions used by medical
professionals include wearing gloves (?Methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection,? Discovery Health Encylopedia:
), you may lesson the changes of transmitting the infection to your
girlfriend if you use a barrier (like a latex condom).


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