Can MRSA be caught via kissing and saliva? What about mrsa on the penis or vagina? Skin contact enables transfer of MRSA sexually. Find the key facts here.
Sex is one of many means by which MRSA spreads. Here are some reasons and some action you can take with respect to MRSA sexually transmitted infections.
Skin Contact and MRSA Penis Infections
MRSA often lives on our skin without causing harm. Skin contact is therefore going to enable transfer of MRSA bacteria during sex. It is often found in the nose, armpit and groin areas. MRSA is a drug resistant version of the common staphylococcus aureus bacteria.
Is MRSA sexually transmitted by kissing?
Kissing will deepen the risk of transfer to your nasal passages if your partner is colonized there. Its the closeness of your noses that is key with respect to kissing and not so much the lip contact or saliva. MRSA may remain dormant in your nose but spread to other parts of your body if you have a cold or flu and are sneezing often. So there is a risk but you will not automatically catch MRSA from an infected partner. The risk is different if they have an active MRSA infection on their face anywhere, with transfer more likely.
Is it safe to have sex if you are an MRSA carrier or have an infection
It is more risky in terms of a possible infection in the future. But there are ways to lower the risk. MRSA sexually transferred during intimacy, to your skin, from the armpits and groin will often only live on you for a short while. Showering and a thorough clean after sexual activity will lower your risk.
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What about oral sex and MRSA?
As the groin is one area where MRSA will often ‘hide’ it is an infection hotspot. The proximity of another hotspot – the nose – during oral sex activity heightens the risk of cross infection between the two sexual partners.
Remember – Staph bacteria is very common
It’s also worth remembering that 35% of people may have the easier to treat staph aureus bacteria on their skin. We all mix with people who carry staph bacteria – so sex with an MRSA carrier is more risky mainly because it is harder to treat and sometimes more aggressive in atacking our skin and any wounds we may have. Multiple sex partners also exposes you to more risk.
Do you or your partner have other health issues?
If you or your partner has a current wound or skin rash, special care will be needed. Hibiclens can be used as a whole body bacteria cleanse. It’s not foolproof but it will help. Make sure the groin and armpits are thoroughly done.