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#428927 - 03/24/13 05:56 PM NYC meningitis outbreak among MSM
Lancer Offline

Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 901
Loc: Florida
Considering MS is chock full of gay, bi, MSM and SSA issues, I think it's prudent to give a heads up to our MS community about a new strain of meningitis among MSM in NYC. Their DOH (Dept of Health, not Homer Simpson) is making an unusual public urging for MSM to get the meningitis vaccine.

"These expanded recommendations come after four new cases of this deadly type of meningitis were reported among gay men in the first two months of 2013, bringing the total number of cases to 22, with three of the last five cases resulting in death." Further, one third of the total 22 cases have been fatal. (

A lot of you know my story, that I'm poz 20+ years and on a successful treatment. Though not sexually active, I live in an area popular with New Yorkers. I'm old enough to remember the early days of AIDS when it was confined to SF and NY. However, this time there IS a vaccine available.

Again, just a prudent heads up. Did a quick search on Walgreens where the vaccine's available for $95 per dose.

#428948 - 03/24/13 08:08 PM Re: NYC meningitis outbreak among MSM [Re: Lancer]
Chase Eric Offline

Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 2826
Hi, Lancer - at the risk of sounding a bit naive and no intention to offend, what is MsM?

#428950 - 03/24/13 08:15 PM Re: NYC meningitis outbreak among MSM [Re: Chase Eric]
Lancer Offline

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Loc: Florida
MSM = men who have sex with men. I should have made that clearer. Thanks Eric.

It's broad terminology since it covers those who self-identify as gay or bi, but includes those who, for example, may be in straight marriages but have sex with men surreptitiously.

#429408 - 03/28/13 11:17 PM Re: NYC meningitis outbreak among MSM [Re: Lancer]
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Edited by bodyguard8367 (02/27/14 02:55 AM)


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