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Can Lyme Disease Be Sexually Transmitted
I have a preliminary positive test for Lyme Disease (more tests needed). I've seen conflicting information as to whether it can be transmitted sexually and would like an expert to weigh in. Thanks!
Lyme is caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnosis is not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more
What is the treatment for lyme disease and how long is the full treatment for a chronic infection ? Can it be transmitted through sexual intercourse ?
How and no: An antibiotic Rx for about 2 weeks would be enough in its early phase. The effectiveness for chronic infection is much less certain regardless of the duration of treatment. No you cannot contract this from sexual intercourse unless your lover happens to be a particular kind of tick. ...Read more
May be related to it: It could be related to your inflamation - especially any vascular issues. This will depend on the manfestations that you are having. You can discuss that with your physician. ...Read more
Bite of infected tic: Lime disease is spread by ticks that have acquired the germ in the past and it stays in their system. A tick bite from another of the same species without the ld germ will not do it. The tick must get on your body, settle in for a feeding & feed long enough to pass the germ to you (hours). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, named after the scientist willy burgdorfer who discovered the bacterial pathogen - a spirochete (spiral appearing bacteria). It is transmitted by tick saliva but primarily only after being embedded for at least 48 hours. It causes disease by infecting many types of cells and destroying their function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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