There's No "App" To Cure Meningitis, New York City Gay Guys
The New York City Health Department yesterday renewed a recommendation to gay men who've had sex with a man they met via-a digital "app": get a meningitis vaccine.
In the last 12 months, there have been a total of 11 cases of meningitis within the City's gay community, two of which were diagnosed within the last five weeks.
According to the Health Department, the disease is prevalent amongst men who've met their sexual partners "through a Website, digital application ('app'), or at a bar or party since September 1."
The recommendation is specifically geared towards those who had sex with a man they met in the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, East New York, Prospect Heights or Williamsburg neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Previously, the Health Department warned that men with HIV are particularly at risk of contracting the disease. But the new warning is for all men who've had sex with another man -- regardless of whether they have HIV.
The disease spreads by "prolonged close contact with nose or throat discharges from an infected person. Examples of prolonged contact include living in the same household or intimate activities, including kissing and sexual contact."
Symptoms of meningitis include high fever, headache, stiff neck and rash that develop rapidly within two days. The Health Department says that people who have been in prolonged close contact with infected people need to see their health care provider immediately to receive preventive antibiotics.
Symptoms may occur two to 10 days after exposure, but usually within five days.
For more information, search "meningitis" at www.nyc.gov.
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