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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.

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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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If You’re a Man Who’s Had Sex With a Man You Met on the Internet, You May Want a Meningitis Vaccine

If you’re a man who’s had “intimate contact with another man” whom you met on the Internet, the New York City Health Department recommends that you get a meningitis vaccination following a recent spike in the rare/potentially fatal disease.

In addition to Internet rendezvous, the Health Department says that any man who’s had intimate contact with another man he met at a bar, party or via-a mobile app should also get the vaccine.

If you have HIV and fall under any of the aforementioned categories, the Health Department says you run an even higher risk of contacting the disease.

As we reported last week, there have been four cases of the disease in several boroughs, including one fatality, in the past four weeks. 

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All four of the men — between the ages of 31 and 42 — who contracted the disease are HIV positive, which the Health Department says puts them at a much greater risk than the general population.

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.

The Health Department is offering free vaccines at the following hospitals:

Bronx

– Jacobi Medical Center

– Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

Brooklyn

– Coney Island Hospital

– Kings County Hospital Center

– Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center

Manhattan

– Bellevue Hospital Center

– Harlem Hospital Center

Queens

– Elmhurst Hospital Center

– Queens Hospital Center

To find an HIV care provider or location to get a vaccine call 311. For more information search “Meningitis” at www.nyc.gov.

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Meningitis Alert Issued For New York City Gay Guys and “Men Who Have Sex With Men”

The New York City Health Department just issued a health alert for “gay men and men who have sex with men.”

We’re not experts, but “men who have sex with men” probably would have covered all bases.

Regardless, if you’re a man having any type of sex with a man — gay, bisexual, whatever — you run the risk of contracting meningitis, according to Health officials.

The Health Department says there have been four cases of the disease in several boroughs, including one fatality, in the past four weeks. 

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All four of the men — between the ages of 31 and 42 — who
contracted the disease are HIV positive, which the Health Department
says puts them at a much greater risk than the general population.

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.

Health officials say that anyone with symptoms should seek medical care immediately.