Sex is a means by which MRSA spreads. Here are some reasons and some action you can take.
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 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. Bacteria transferred 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. Kissing will deepen the risk of transfer to your nasal passages if your partner is colonized there. It may remain dormant there 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.
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 slightly more risky mainly because it is harder to treat. 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.
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