What Is It?
Bacterial Meningitis is a severe bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
It can be serious is sometimes fatal.
How to Prevent It
It's spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions such as saliva.
How You Could Get It
Intimate contact including being around someone infected when he/she sneezes or coughs
Any sexual contact including oral or anal sex
Sharing cigarettes, pipes, bongs, joints, electronic smoking devices
Symptoms may start 2-10 days after exposure and include:
Sensitivity to light
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
A medical provider makes a diagnosis through an exam and may order other tests.
Antibiotics in the form of a ill are prescribed.
When You Can Have Sex Again
You will likely feel too sick to be horny. Wait until all medication has been taken and a medical provider has given you clearance before having sex.
If You Have HIV
People living with HIV are at a greater risk than the general population of getting Meningitis. Approximately 20% of HIV positive people who develop the disease die as a result.
There is an effective vaccine that is recommended for all MSM. One shot is given for men who are HIV negative and two shots for men who are HIV positive.
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