However, the researchers were unable to determine the types of sexual activity that were most closely associated with the transmission of the bacterium. Since then it has become a serious problem in the United States, and researchers are worried it will spread. Experts recommend washing hands thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to prevent staph infections. Though MRSA is a growing health concern for the general population, people with HIV whose immune systems are weakened may be especially vulnerable. Resistant to most front-line antibiotic drugs, the new strain is a far more vicious form of MRSA, which is commonly found in hospitals.
But if that doesn't work, or a patient is allergic, doctors may have to resort to other antibiotics, many of them intravenous and expensive. J Antimicrob Chemother. The incidence of these infections in the community setting has been growing consistently in the past decade or so. Don't share items that touch the skin towels, razors, etc. Addressing the many issues of multidrug-resistant organisms, such as MRSA, requires a long-term commitment from physicians, pharmacists, health plan directors, epidemiologists, and benefits designers.
Wash with soap and water after sex as well as other activities in which there was skin-to-skin contact, including sports or dancing. The Castro district zip code had the highest percentage Kenneth Haller, MD, , ext. While some evolution in the resistance of staph and other bacteria to antibiotics is inevitable, much of this has been accelerated by antibiotic misuse and overuse. Before considering clindamycin use, clinicians should run a so-called D-test to rule out inducible resistance in all erythromycin-resistant, clindamycin-sensitive isolates.
MRSA is almost always spread by direct physical contact, and not through the air. In , the newswires were rife with reports about an outbreak of a new strain of the "flesh-eating" MRSA bacteria among gay and bisexual men in the San Francisco and Boston areas. Please watch for email s from us to confirm your subscription to your selected newsletter s. The study's authors also worry that relaxed feelings about the severity of HIV and the availability of potent antiretroviral therapy "have been driving resurgent epidemics of early syphilis, rectal gonorrhea and new HIV infections in San Francisco, Boston and elsewhere. He also raises the concern that this strain of MRSA could spread through casual contact. That's because it mostly spreads in other ways.