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Superbug . It's a term that's been in the news a lot lately. However, I was hearing about this infection even before it became a recent headline. Earlier this fall, my son was very concerned about contracting it. Superbug is a nickname for MRSA, which stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus . It's a type of "staph" infection that is resistant to certain antibiotics. Staph infections including MRSA are most common in people who are in the hospital or nursing homes, and people who have a weakened immune system. These infections can be fatal to young children, the elderly and those with a compromised immune system. But lately, these infections have been popping up throughout communities, at schools, daycare centers, and among healthy people who were not recently hospitalized. These infections are called CA-MRSA. In fact, some doctors believe staph infections are one of the most common causes of skin infections in the commu...
I was just diagnosed with HSV 2. Can I pass HSV2 by kissing someone or by giving oral sex? Can I give it to someone just by rubbing body parts together (what they call dry humping) without having sex? I am now on Valtrex, what else can I use besides condoms to prevent transmission? HSV is a virus that is transmitted by infected body fluids. Mouth to mouth kissing isn’t likely to transmit HSV2. Oral sex can transmit disease but it is rare in the absence of an outbreak. Dry humping, where there is genital contact without penetration is unlikely to lead to disease transmission as long as there is a barrier in place, however, there can be ejaculate and vaginal secretions during dry humping -- both of which can have virus in it -- even in the absence of an outbreak. People with herpes can reduce the risk of transmission by using condoms and you can reduce the risk further by taking suppressive therapy . Important: We hope you...
Alternative Names AIDS-related complex - ARC; Chronic symptomatic HIV infection Prevention You can reduce your risk of getting the infection by practicing safer sex behaviors. However, abstinence is the only sure way to prevent sexual transmission of the virus. Avoid using intravenous drugs. If you do use intravenous drugs, do not share needles or syringes. People with AIDS or who have had positive antibody tests can pass the disease on to others and should not donate blood, plasma, body organs, or sperm. They should not exchange genital fluids during sexual activity. References Masur H, Healey L, Hadigan C. Treatment of human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 412. Sax PE, Walker BD. Immunopathogenesis of human immunodeficiency infection. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 408.
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