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Study: Lyme disease sexually transmitted

Previously I wrote an article about Lyme disease being sexually transmitted which then the CDC (Center for Disease Control) contacted me about the validity of the story because no clinical studies had been done. Well, according to a new study, Lyme disease is sexually transmitted. According to the CDC last year, Lyme disease is about twice as common as breast cancer and six times than HIV/AIDS with 300,000 new cases a year, which makes sense if it is a virtually unknown STD (sexually transmitted disease).

A new study confirms Lyme disease is sexually transmitted much like its sister STD syphilis.

According to the CDC Website, Lyme disease can only be transferred by an infected tick bite. The clinical name of the disease is Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacteria that is spiral shaped called a spirochete. This corkscrew looking bacteria is most closely resembling syphilis, a sister STD.

“Our findings will change the way Lyme disease is viewed by doctors and patients,” said lead author of the study Marianne Middelveen. “It explains why the disease is more common than one would think if only ticks were involved in transmission.”

Scientists tested semen and vaginal secretions. The three patient groups included people without Lyme disease, people who tested positive for Lyme disease, and married heterosexual couples who both have Lyme.

The people without Lyme tested negative. All the women with Lyme disease tested positive in vaginal secretions, while about half of the men tested positive. One of the Lyme disease positive couples showed identical strains.

“The presence of the Lyme spirochete in genital secretions and identical strains in married couples strongly suggests that sexual transmission of the disease occurs,” said Dr. Mayne. "We don’t yet understand why women with Lyme disease have consistently positive vaginal secretions, whilst semen samples are more variable. Obviously there is more work to be done here.”

“There is always some risk of getting Lyme disease from a tick bite in the woods,” Dr. Stricker said. “But there may be a bigger risk of getting Lyme disease in the bedroom.”

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