NYC Health Dept. Issues Meningitis Warning For Gay Men

The New York State Health Department issued the following press release yesterday:

The Health Department is currently investigating a cluster of invasive meningococcal disease, commonly known as meningitis, among gay men and men who have sex with men. Invasive meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection that has a high fatality rate. Within the past four weeks, there have been four cases; one died and one person is in critical care. The cases are spread across several boroughs and among men ages 31 to 42 years old.

The most recent four cases have all been among HIV infected men. People living with HIV are at a greater risk than the general population of acquiring invasive meningococcal disease and if infected, dying from infection. This disease is spread 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.

Common symptoms of meningitis are high fever, headache, stiff neck and rash that develop rapidly within 2 days. People that have been in prolonged close contact with infected people need to see their health care provider immediately to receive preventive antibiotics. Symptoms may occur 2 to 10 days after exposure, but usually within 5 days. People who experience symptoms should seek medical care immediately.


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  • EvonCook

    Let’s get as much information out there as possible for people to know about this and dangerous behaviors that may put people’s own lives at risk and be a risk to others. Sounds like this defies even safer sex.

  • QJ201

    More dumb ass scare tactics. People with HIV are at greater risk IF THEY ARE EXPERIENCING IMMUNO-SUPPRESSION DUE TO A LOW T CELL COUNT!!!! FYI same thing goes for TB among HIV positive people…only an issue if T-cell count is below 350.


  • Freddie27

    Just had my meningitis vaccination 3 days ago. It’s a very serious illness.

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