UCSF Gays and Staph Study
UCSF Public Affairs Department
The findings of a recent study suggesting the emergence of an aggressive staph bacteria among gays in some cities could extend to Dallas, but there's not enough statistical data to make such an assessment, local health experts say. [...]
Dr. R. Doug Hardy, an infectious-disease expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, said it's hard to say how the incidence of MRSA infections among gay men compares with those of heterosexual people and how often MRSA is transmitted from sexual contact.
"Anecdotally, we have had that experience that, possibly, we have seen an increase of these infections in facilities where men have sex with men," he said. "We felt like we were seeing more of drug-resistant staph infections from bathhouses. ... We haven't had a formal finding. It was more of a feeling."
"We're wiping down gym equipment constantly and disinfecting things constantly," he said.
He said the study concerns him, and that the spa will take extra precautions, such as posting fliers about MRSA and advising clients to be more careful inside and outside the club.
Dr. Henry F. Chambers, one of the study's authors, said he thinks the study has been overhyped across the country.
"This has nothing to do with AIDS, and it's not like it, either," said Dr. Chambers, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
He also noted that the study did not examine the rate of occurrence in multi-drug-resistant MRSA in people who have heterosexual sex.
How nice, fags in Frisco received the special attention of UCSF researchers, who didn't look for straight staph occurrences. Let's be honest here. Straights should thank their lucky stars they're not subjected to endless stigmatizing UCSF research and p.r., like gays must endure. Will UCSF ever get around to studying straights and their staph infection rates?
Let me draw your attention to the latest AP wire story, from yesterday, about a heterosexual person contracting staph and dying from the infection:
PHOENIX (AP) — Ron Horton, the man who led police to two suspected serial killers in 2006 and was credited with ending their monthslong shooting spree, died Saturday. He was 49.
Horton died after suffering from a staph infection called Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to his former wife, Debbie Dryer, who is now taking care of their three sons.
So, with the Dallas Morning News casting much doubt on some aspects your recent controversial study, I'd like to have a written response today regarding the serious implications of the Dallas story on UCSF's diminished reputation in general, and especially among gay men.
A prompt reply would be most appreciated.