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mrsa and sex
Started by michael d
Posted: March 26, 2008 at 16:45
I had sex with a woman who has MRSA a year ago. Intercourse, Kissing etc.etc.... I have not exhibited any infections, breakouts or anything that looks like the photos ON THE internet.I Should have myself tested. I know.If you were me would you refrain from any future encounters with this particular woman or any other woman, until I HAVE been tested.ANY info regardind this is appreciated. THANX
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Reply #1 by ladyk
Posted: March 27, 2008 at 17:17
Michael -

Since your encounter "a year ago" have you refrained from any further sexual encounters?

If not, ask yourself this... how many others could one infected individual be responsible for infecting with a potentially life long sentence? The answer is every one exposed. Just one... would be too many to carry on your conscience since the sentence could range from never ending painful and contagious outbreaks, inability to have children, up to and including death.

Sexual prowess as a right of passage in a young man’s life is a myth, and holds with it some very dangerous issues that could impact not only himself, but every partner, and their future partners, for entire lifetimes. It takes a conscientious, responsible MAN to stop and think of consequences of not protecting himself and the one he’s involved with from harm, over a moment of physical satisfaction.

Sometimes that moment without thought ends up lasting a lifetime where there is nothing that can be done to change the outcome. Ask anyone who has such an affliction, and they will tell you it was not worth it. Another mature thought is... what happens when Ms. Right comes along and you have life altering serious baggage to deal with? This is a complication that you have control over, better to deal with this proactively rather than after the fact when nothing can be done.

Yes. You should be tested for all STDs from Herpes 1 & 2 (cold sores/kissing) to (genital infections/sexual contact)... since all viruses in the herpes family produce "life-long" infections. Test panel should include Aids, and all that is between, including MRSA.

Remain celibate for 6 months after initial test and re-test. This will give you the clearest test results possible since it passes known incubation periods.

Practice safe sex seriously. You would not trust a sexual acquaintance with access to your finances, why would one be trusted with what is your most precious asset... YOU? Can you absolutely trust a sexual acquaintance to tell you they “have” or “have had” an STD or “potentially could have been with a partner who had a contagious infection” that will harm you?

By the way... have YOU told others you’ve been sexually active with since, that you were potentially exposed to MRSA during your encounter with the woman?

Take responsibility for yourself and your dealings with all those who come into your life, you’ll be a happier and safer man for it.

Using protection is a serious matter since we are dealing with many destructive viruses and bacteria spread between people that are incurable. As I'm sure your aware there are places left unprotected even with condom use. This is one way MRSA is spread sexually. Any drainage from an active MRSA lesion touching your skin anywhere can/does cause contraction. Statistics show unsafe sex practices will find you eventually bumping up against any number of problems.

Be safe Michael, your life, and the life of others... depend on it.

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Reply #2 by nyker
Posted: March 30, 2008 at 06:34

I think it's important to keep perspective about this. Please keep in mind that mrsa can as easily be passed by hugging a friend, shaking hands with a stranger, touching objects like shopping carts, doors, etc. in which mrsa may be located.

It's very important to be careful, but you may just as easily date someone who has never had a mrsa outbreak--perhaps never heard of mrsa, and may be a mrsa carrier--passing it on to others without even knowing it!!

Interestingly, I know of one woman who has outbreaks about every two months, and is not in the least precautious. She has a long term boyfriend who has never shown any signs of MRSA. If you do date someone who has been infected, I think it's very important to inquire as to the type of preventative steps the person is taking in order to prevent another outbreak/passing the bacteria to someone else.

I've been mrsa free for 2 years and one month, and everyday I take steps to prevent another terrible outbreak.

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Reply #3 by Angie
Posted: April 14, 2008 at 04:03
Hi Michael.
My fiance has yet to contract MRSA from me, and his immune system is not up to par because of his rheumatoid arthritis. He always makes sure to take a shower after sex, and spray the shower down with bleach or lysol. I just wanted to say that just because the woman you were with has MRSA, doesn't mean you can't have any future encounters with her...she probably needs the emotional support. As long as you are careful, clean, and don't touch any infectious areas you should be ok. My own family treats me like a leper, and that just breaks my heart, but my fiance doesn't mind that I have MRSA. He just knows to be careful when I have an outbreak, and he even helps me change my bandages. I was told that everyone has the bacteria on their skin, but it some people it tends to over-react. So I guess what I'm saying is not to ruin a good relationship with a woman if she has this bug. If you love her, you'll find a way to deal with the MRSA, and she will love you more for it!
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Reply #4 by nyker
Posted: April 14, 2008 at 08:01

You are exactly right. I belive people are much more likely to contract MRSA from someone who doesn't even know they are carrying it, because they've never had an outbreak/never heard of it.

Here I am, for the past two years and two months washing with Phisohex about three times a week, using hospital recommded hand sanitizer, using over-the-counter bacitricin twice daily, using a tissue to push elevator buttons and shopping carts----my gosh---people shouldn't be afraid of me---and it's been two years and two months since I've had an outbreak. What I'm doing must be working.

So people need to remember, MRSA is everywhere, and they NEVER KNOW WHO HAS IT. They could have it and not know it. So why treat those who have had outbreaks in the past like lepers. Unfortunately, many people make such decisions because they are ignorant about the issue.
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Reply #5 by lorae
Posted: May 2, 2011
I would like to say to those who think they cant get it,.... you really can. I have mrsa myself. I am the person who constantly washes my hand, has sanitzers at all times, uses a tisse to open does. Hell as soon as i see someone sneeze, coughs, or yawns thats right next to me i move away.At first it just look like a scar on my arm then it got bigger, I put ointment on and washed it off next day my whole arm was swolen and red my skin felt hard in it looked like oil was coming out of my skin. I know it sounds nasty, but i just wanted to let everybody know that you can get this any where and no its not a cure for it. I believe that it should be talked about in the media along with conversations about HIV and Aids. Like HIV if untreated it can also be a cause of death. I would like to say that taking the medicine does help and for a while when my scars would close up they would leave dark marks on my skin, i've learned that pro-active helps clear it up. I've had this for almost 3 years and im 25 yrs old now. Just to let those who already have it know to please be cautious when you get a scar asap also use ( hibiclens ) u can get it at walmat in a turqouis bottle, it helps to stop swelling and spread and always keep lysol in the house. And may God bless you with happiness especially mentally bc that can truley effect you. And to those who dont have it , i hope to God you dont get it but make yourself aware of it. God bless you all as well. But also dont judge those who have it. Thank you
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Reply #6 by Bob Anderson
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 17:58
Lorae -

Actually, there is something you can do to make it go away and stay and it is fairly cheap and usually easily available most of the year.

If you have MRSA you need to learn about garlic and how to use it because crushed raw garlic (crg) kills MRSA on contact and MRSA cannot become immune to crg. It kills MRSA every time.

It may sound crazy but it really works. It worked for me and if you will read a lot of the posts in this forum you will find it has worked for others here, too.

You simply get some garlic that is still in its natural state and has not been irradiated, crush anywhere from a third or half or even a whole bulb and let it set for an hour or so and pour a nice warm/hot bath and put the crg into the tub and mix it around well and enjoy a long soak occasionally submerging completely.

The allicin created when garlic is crushed passes through the skin and gets into the body and gets around via both the lymphatic and cardiovascular systems and kills MRSA wherever it encounters it. A single bath will usually stop a new outbreak in its tracks and it does not become a major issue. Deep seated chronic infections require regular baths assualting it until it goes away and there is little or none left inside.

Allicin's natural microbial action kills in a different way than pharmaceutical antibiotics, which work by blocking receptors on the outer cell walls of bacteria which are susceptable to them. Allicin penetrates right through those bi-lipid cell walls and gets into the interior of the bacterial cells and causes them to swell up and burst, killing them. They cannot become immune to that.

Your doctors, even if they know about it, are not allowed to recommend garlic because there is no FDA treatment protocol allowing for its use.

I suggest you read as many discussions as you can in this forum and decide for yourself about using garlic and decide whether you wish to try it or not. There is a garlicky aroma for day or so afterward but that is a small price to pay for effective treatment that is cheap and makes one feel better.

This forum is the best place on the internet to learn about how to use garlic to fight MRSA sucessfully. Eating the garlic helps because of its general health benefits but it needs to be applied topically or in situ so it can penetrate and get to the MRSA.

You can easily tell whether a garlic has been irradiated to keep it from sprouting as many from China have been. If garlic is starting to sprout it is good garlic. Remove a clove from a bulb and cut it open and look for a little growing sprout in the clove and if you find one, it is good garlic. If you cannot find a living sprout in the heart of the clove bot only an empty sheath where it should be then that garlic has been irradiated and has no health benefits because the radiation also kills the enzyme that triggers the processes that result in the allicin being formed and so no allicin can form.

Good luck to you.
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Reply #7 by tommy_riley
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 23:01
Bob - I have had no MRSA outbreaks for over a year - but I know I still have it in my femur/knee area at or close to the bone. My ESR rates rise dramatically whenever I experiment with trying to stop taking Doxy and start to feel feverish and achy.

For someone who has no outward MRSA signs (no open sores, etc.) how can garlic therapy work for me? Do I just eat a bunch of it or will the baths absorb enough for it to get deep into my femur and knee and work on killing it that way?
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Reply #8 by Bob Anderson
Posted: May 3, 2011
Tommy_riley -

I would do both. The soaks or even direct application of crg to the knee and femur area will go right through the skin and get to work down inside. I might suggest rubbing the crg on the affected area and leaving it on for a while before getting into a garlic water bath so that the affected areas gets a greater concentration of the allicin.

Having allicin coming in all over through the skin gets more of it deeper into the body. Allicin only has a few minutes to do its job before the body's own defense kicks in and leukocytes in the blood stream and lymphocytes in the lymphatic system attack the allicin and disable it. By keeping a continual stream of it coming in everywhere you give it more time to get deeper and stay longer and kill off more MRSA bacteria.

Allergies to garlic don't seem to be much of a problem as only about a dozen cases in the world are reported each year according to statistics.

Surface infections are quick and easy for garlic but it is the deep down cases like yours that are more of a challenge. They require repeated soakings.

Eating the garlic also helps because it helps build up the immune system by providing the disulfide that the immune system uses to build new antibodies, which are held together by a disulfide chemical bond. It also slickens the blood so that clots are much less likely to form, preventing heart attacks and strokes.

Eating garlic, raw or cooked, is an indirect pathway because it is changed by the digestive system and antimicrobial action is greatly diminished. It works by helping the immune system get stronger so your natural defenses can work better.

We're mostly theorizing and drawing upon people's experiences here because there are few studies involving garlic because such studies are usuyally financed by pharmaceutical companies and there are none who want to fund a study showing a cheap alternative without side effects and few contrtindications to their expensive treatments that can have unpleasant side effects.

People are pretty much on their own when it comes to the medical use of garlic. Most people don't know much about garlic or how to use it. That's why I post here. I want to help people discover all the ways garlic can help and explain how it works so people can use it to make their lives better.

It has helped me and other people in this forum as well. The more people learn about garlic and how to use it in different ways, the better off they will be.

Yes, people smell like garlic for a while after the treatments, that's your way of knowing the treatment is working. You may need to reschedule some social contacts, unless theey smell garlicky, too. Most people who smell garlicky are usually smiling, if not grinning because they feel good.

Most people report feeling perky and more energetic after garlic baths.

Garlic should become the best friend of every MRSA patient.

Good luck to you.

Re: mrsa and sex
Reply #9 by tommy_riley
Posted: May 10, 2011
Bob, thanks for all the information. Time to stock up on garlic - will report back after a few months and let you all know how I am doing with garlic therapy.
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Reply #10 by Jolly
Posted: August 16, 2011 at 11:56
I am living abroad and my girlfriend is coming to visit in a week. I have not seen her in 2 months but during that period she contracted a serious infection on her scalp. She is a teacher and I know that this increases the possibility of contracting MRSA. Anyways, it was pussy and red then greenish and she was feverish and feeling terrible. She went to the doctor but she was his last appointment and seemed to rush things. He said it was "probably" MRSA and gave her two sets on anti biotics. It cleared up in a little over a week but he never tested for it or anything. What is the most accurate test she can get to see if it really was MRSA? And if indeed it was MRSA does this guarantee she will be a lifetime carrier? She has a bald spot now in her scalp and a reddish scar does this mean it is still active? I am just worried because I can't wait to see her but we are scared if it is still contagious (even though it has cleared up) that I may contract it. And if MRSA exists in the bloodstream I am assuming it is contactable through intercourse as well. Please help!
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Reply #11 by Donna
Posted: August 22, 2011 at 04:47
i was just with someone who told me he had mercer is thst the same thing as mrsa? i do not want to sound stupid. but i do not know any thing about it and if so what should i do? i have diabetes. he did not tell me till after words. i am realy upset that he did not tell me before hand so that we could have discussed it i do not judge people i would have under stood just trying to get some information about it so i can talk to him about it and work out something so he does not think i do not want to have anything to do with him we have been friends sence child hood and i do care thanks for any one that can help with this and god bless to all
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Reply #12 by ladyk
Posted: August 26, 2011 at 18:43
Donna -

I suspect yes. MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
No question is considered stupid here Donna. I respect the fact you are seeking information.

Did individual have open, actively draining lesions? If this was the case, given the ease to which MRSA bacteria is cross contaminated... I'd suggest going to local pharmacy and purchasing Hibiclens antimicrobial wash, which is used to reduce pathogens on our skin. Hibiclens carries warning DO NOT GET INTO EYES & EARS.

*If you experience lesion outbreak - seek Infectious Disease specialist directly.

Your friend is not the only concern.
MRSA bacteria is prevalent anywhere out in the public arena. One can contract this bacteria anywhere people congregate... grocery stores, movie theaters, banks, physician offices, etc. Any touch site others use such as public bathrooms, grocery cart handles, door handles, key pads on another’s cellphone, bank key pads, light switches, etc. The point is to use cross contamination precautions to protect yourself. Wash hands often, when unable to wash use alcohol based hand sanitizer.

Reading through forum topics/posts as well as forum’s associate website MRSA AMERICA & Beyond for a start, will help you best. Information provided is to assist us all in being as safe as possible. Remember we can not live in a bubble, therefore we must learn how to co-exist with pathogens which have been on planet earth for ever. It is up to us to adapt, just as ‘bacteria’ in this case have learned to adapt through mutation. As human host, keeping one step ahead is the objective.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes,

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Reply #13 by Kevin
Posted: September 7, 2011 at 18:09
I had sex with my ex and she was on her period is there a good chance I could
of cought it to?
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Reply #14 by BobS
Posted: October 26, 2011 at 04:57
LadyK in your first response to this thread u mentioned it can cause inibility to
have children ... how is that possible? Can u explain what u mean, does it ruin
reproductive a organs? What about with men if they have it in groin?
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Reply #15 by ladyk
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 18:48
BobS -

I appreciate the question.

BACTERIAL infections… have the ability to cause male ‘fertility disorders’. Additionally, bacterial infections can/do cross contaminate to partner during sexual intercourse. When I said to Michael [“inability to have children”] this is what was meant.

Top five causes of male fertility disorders…
Presence of Antibodies
Klinefelter's Syndrome
Hormone Disorders
*Bacterial Infection

So, what we know by now is the ‘aggressive nature’ of MRSA bacteria as an opportunist pathogen, and the ease to which this ‘contagion’ is cross contaminated among hosts.

We also know MRSA crosses species barrier.
So when I say ‘hosts’… I’m meaning ‘placentalia’ hosts - (placental mammals), human/animals/even dolphins have been found to be MRSA infected.

These are the subgroups of extant (still in existence) members of Eutheria:
Boreoeutheria, e.g. badgers, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, dolphins
Euarchontoglires, e.g. humans, monkeys, rats, hares
Laurasiatheria, e.g. cattle, whales, bats, cats
Xenarthra, e.g. armadillos, anteaters
Afrotheria, e.g. elephants, manatees

We can go through the list and find those who have been MRSA infected.

Among ‘humans’ - some of what we know…
[Expectations (prognosis)
Outcome varies with the severity of the infection, and the general condition of the person who has the infection. MRSA pneumonia and blood poisoning have high death rates.

Toxic shock syndrome
Blood poisoning

Organ failure and death may result from untreated MRSA infections.]

I would add to the above Complication list…
STI [soft tissue infections] lesion outbreaks, considering STRAIN, severity of outbreaks/high cross contamination risk/co-infecting pathogens/impact on individual immune system fighting infection(s).

Bottomline… ‘every system’ in our bodies has a level of risk when seriously challenged. The human body is made up of systems that work together in a complex organization of cells, tissues, bones, muscles, glands and fluids. If any one of these systems is not working properly, it will cause a chain reaction that affects other body systems, which may cause them to fail.

MRSA bacteria adeptly demonstrates it’s pathogenic (disease causing) capabilities in regards to gaining entry and infecting every system in our bodies.
Circulatory System-Digestive System-Endocrine System-Immune System-Lymphatic System-Muscular System-Nervous System-Reproductive System-Respiratory System-Skeletal System-Urinary System


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Reply #16 by ladyk
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 18:55

Forum Topic
I hope not again
Started by James
[“Now 15 months later I have an infection in my right testicle that will not go away.”]
Reply #4/5
[For the sake of conversation… since MRSA bacteria can be found anywhere in the body including urethra/cultured urine/etc. and ‘bacterial infection’ is the most common cause of epididymitis… yes in my opinion it is possible IF MRSA bacteria is present, and IF the bacteria in the urethra back-tracked through the urinary and reproductive structures to the epididymis which is possible. In rare circumstances infection can reach the epididymis via the bloodstream, and as we know MRSA can/does enter bloodstream.]


Other Complications
In most cases, the infection is brief and acute and only the surface of the bladder is infected. Deeper layers of the bladder may be harmed if the infection becomes persistent, or chronic, or if the urinary tract is structurally abnormal.

Pyelonephritis (Kidney Infection). When infection spreads to the upper tract (the ureters and kidneys) it is called pyelonephritis, or more commonly, kidney infection. As many as half of all women with cystitis may have infections of the upper urinary tract at the same time as cystitis.

Urethritis. When infection is limited only to the urethra, the infection is known as urethritis. This is a common sexually transmitted disease in men.

Complicated Urinary Tract Infections
Complicated UTIs may develop because of any one of a number of physical problems and affect any gender and age group. *The common feature in most complicated UTIs is the ‘inability of the urinary tract to clear out bacteria’ because of a physical condition that causes obstruction to the flow of urine or problems that hinder treatment success.


Defense Systems Against Bacteria
Infection does not always occur when bacteria are introduced into the bladder. A number of defense systems protect the urinary tract against infection-causing bacteria:
-Urine itself functions as an antiseptic, washing potentially harmful bacteria out of the body during normal urination. (Urine is normally sterile, that is, free of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.)
-The ureters are structurally designed to prevent urine from backing up into the kidney. (But this can occur.)
-The prostate gland in men secretes infection-fighting substances.
-The immune system in both sexes continuously fights bacteria and other harmful micro-invaders. In addition, immune system defenses and antibacterial substances in the mucous lining of the bladder eliminate many organisms.

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Reply #17 by ladyk
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 18:59

-In normal fertile women, *the vagina is colonized by lactobacilli, beneficial microorganisms that maintain a highly acidic environment (low pH). Acid is hostile to other bacteria. Lactobacilli also produce hydrogen peroxide (naturally!), which helps eliminate bacteria and reduces the ability of E. coli to adhere to vaginal cells. (E. coli is the major bacterial culprit in urinary tract infections.)
-Some interesting research suggests that when bacteria infect the bladder, the cells that line the bladder literally sacrifice themselves and self-destruct (a process called apoptosis). In so doing, they fall away from the lining, carrying the bacteria with them. This eliminates about 90% of the E. coli.
-Some researchers have identified a possible natural antibiotic called human beta-defensin-1 (HBD-1), which fights E-coli within the female urinary and reproductive tracts.


*Take particular note: Changes in the Acid-Alkaline ‘Balance’ of the Urinary Tract. Changes in the amount or type of acid within the genital and urinary tracts are major contributors to lowering the resistance to infection. *For example, beneficial organisms called lactobacilli increase the acidic environment in the urinary tract. Reductions in their number (which, for example, occurs with estrogen loss after menopause - or diet alterations), increases pH and therefore the risk of infection.


Risk factors associated with nosocomial methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection including previous use of antimicrobials

This study is being used for its confirmation which represents ‘reproductive system’ can be/is impacted by MRSA infection.
(paragraph past Table 5)

[The most common types of infection were bloodstream infections, 23.1% and 29.3% (P = 0.31); lower respiratory tract infections, 21.5% and 20.3% (P = 0.88); and pneumonia, 21.5% and 15.4% (P = 0.25), for MRSA- and MSSA-infected patients, respectively. Surgical site infections were higher in the MRSA-infected population, 12.4% versus 5.7% (P = 0.08), and soft tissue infections were higher in the MSSA-infected population, 14.6% versus 9.1% (P = 0.24). Less common infections included urinary tract infections, 5.0% and 4.1% (P = 0.77); cardiovascular system infections, 4.1% and 4.9% (P = 1.0); infections of the ears, eyes and oral cavity, 1.7% and 2.4% (P = 1.0); and infections of the *reproductive system, 0.8% and 0.8% (P = 1.0), for MRSA- and MSSA-infected patients, respectively. The remaining three infections were gastrointestinal (one), and bone and joint system (two).]

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Reply #18 by ladyk
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 19:02

Prevalence of methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in pregnant women.


Management of neonates born to mothers with 'group B streptococcus' colonization.


Genital tract methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: risk of vertical transmission in pregnant women.


BioInfoBank Library


Maternal vaginal colonisation by Staphylococcus aureus and newborn acquisition at delivery. Nadège Bourgeois-Nicolaos, Jean-Christophe Lucet, Caroline Daubié, Fatiha Benchaba, Mandovi Rajguru, Raymond Ruimy, Antoine Andremont, Laurence Armand-Lefèvre Service de Bactériologie, Hôpital Bichat-Claude Bernard, AP-HP, Paris, France.

We studied 1139 mother-infant pairs where the mother had had at least one vaginal swab in the month before delivery and their babies had had gastric and ear swabs taken immediately after delivery. The prevalence of vaginal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus was 5.9% among 1139 pregnant women within 1 month of delivery. The colonisation rate of S. aureus in newborns was tenfold higher when the mother was a vaginal carrier than when she was not (31.3% vs. 2.7%; relative risk 11.6 [95% CI 7.0, 19.2]; P < 0.05). Among carriers, delivery by caesarean section compared with the vaginal route, significantly decreased the likelihood of S. aureus colonisation in the newborns (15.4% vs. 41.5%; relative risk 0.35 [95% CI 0.14, 0.98]; P < 0.03). No S. aureus colonisation was detected in the mothers of 58% of the colonised newborns suggesting extra-delivery colonisation routes. Consequences for newborns were unclear as only one case of S. aureus neonatal sepsis was observed.

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Reply #19 by ladyk
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 19:06

High Rate of Transfer of Staphylococcus aureus from Parental Skin to Infant Gut Flora. Erika Lindberg, Ingegerd Adlerberth, Bill Hesselmar, Robert Saalman, Inga-Lisa Strannegård, Nils Aberg, Agnes E Wold
Department of Clinical Bacteriology. Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science. Department of Pediatrics, Göteborg University, SE-413 46 Göteborg, Sweden.

Many Swedish infants carry Staphylococcus aureus in their intestinal microflora. The source of this colonization was investigated in 50 families. Infantile S. aureus strains were isolated from rectal swabs and stool samples at 3 days and at 1, 2, 4, and 8 weeks of age. The strains were identified by using the random amplified polymorphic DNA method and compared to strains from swab cultures of the mothers' hands, nipples, and nares and from the fathers' hands and nares. Maternal stool samples were also obtained at a later stage to compare infant and adult intestinal S. aureus colonization. Although 60% of 1-month-old children had S. aureus in the stools, this was true of only 24% of the mothers. The median population numbers in colonized individuals also differed: 10(6.8) CFU/g of feces among infants at 2 weeks of age versus 10(3.2) CFU/g of feces in the mothers. *Of S. aureus strains in the stools of 3-day-old infants, 90% were identical to a parental skin strain. A total of 96% of infants whose parents were S. aureus skin carriers had S. aureus in their feces and 91% had the same strain as at least one of the parents. In comparison, only 37% of infants to S. aureus-negative parents had S. aureus in the stool samples. Thus, infantile intestinal S. aureus colonization was strongly associated with parental skin S. aureus carriage (P = 0.0001). These results suggest that S. aureus on parental skin establish readily in the infantile gut, perhaps due to poor competition from other gut bacteria.

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