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.”
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
Symptoms may occur two to 10 days after exposure, but usually within five days.
For more information, search “meningitis” at www.nyc.gov.