Hi Maine and Roots.
I would say it probably falls in the neighbourhood of not being nearly as easy to be transmitted as the flu, cold, or other airborne. But at the same time yes you are right, it is probably easier to spread than HIV or hepatitis C. Maybe more like Hepatitis B? That is it could be potentially spread by bodiliy fluids. Now if the bodily fluids got on your skin? Maybe in wouldn't spread, but maybe it would?, but what if they got in your mouth, genitals, eyes, or a surface where the bacteria can get easier access.
I think there are also variables here in transmission such as infection load of the person who has lyme ,where is the infection in their body, how long the person has had the disease, the health of the person, the health of the persons immune system, or even whether the person is treating the disease, if the person has been successfully treated, or not treating the disease.
Again, couples have had it where only one has it like the woman, and the man never gets it. For that maybe the woman has had it for awhile, and maybe was somewhat treated, the immune system kicked in, and now the lady only has a brain infection. So will it be transmitted sexually or even in a tear ? Probably not.
Now let's go for the example of a person that had it, was treated aggressively, was on antibiotics for a year or so, treated with ILADs guidelines, and successfully went into remission. Will that person likely spread it even with the right conditions for the bacteria? Probably not.
Now let's take someone who has had it for 2 years, can't afford treatment because they don't have the money or resources, doctors won't treat them because they don't believe in "Chronic Lyme". Now this person has a high infection load, is untreated, not treating the disease, the Lyme has even knocked out their immune system. Now is this person infectious? Yes I am saying they are. Some of us might get defensive on this position because we don't want to worry about
being "infectious" to others because of the seriousness of this disease. We want to think oh it only comes from a tick bite. Then we ended up catching it from somone else who was untreated, don't know what the hell we caught, go from doctor to doctor for who knows how long, finally find out about
Lyme disease. Then they say well do you remember a tick bite? No I don't remember being bit by a tick (happens in around 50% of cases), oh well you must have been bit by a tick. Oh okay, then the person just believes the doctor that they were bitten by a tick.
I'm not saying it happens all the time, my case was rather very unlucky. But this DID happen to me and I am not making this story up, have no reason to make it up, and my life has literally been turned upside down because of the impact of this! Sure enough I have Lyme disease! And I know for a FACT, there was no bug bite. I am not an outdoors person, I live in freezing cold nothern Alberta Canada, and I got sick from this contact of meeting someone with untreated chronic Lyme disease with bartonella! But still instead of saying it only comes from a tick, if we can say no there is a chance of it being passed on then people will be more aware of it, and reduce the risk of it being passed on to others. I myself have been extremely cautious, washing my hands, using hand santizer before I touch other peoples stuff, and I have been treating aggressively with antibiotics, and trying to keep everything as clean as possible. Am I likely to transmit it? I am going to say it is likely I won't if I don't keep this up.
So do you see all those variables? It makes it pretty complex. We would prefer to have a clear cut answer, is it or isn't it? My Mom is even well I didn't catch it how come I'm not catching it, I just say, Mom, I am on so many darn antibiotics I doubt you will catch it from me. But then she argues, well you still have the disease in you so you must be able to transmit it. Agian I just think no I'm on so many herbs and anti-microbials. But then again maybe she is right too, but I don't want to spread this to my Mom and feel like she is at risk.
So this is the complexity of the argument.
Yes there is a feeling of panick if you can spread the disease because this can be very very serious. I remember when my friend told me about Lyme disease and how she was infected I was having nightmares of being in the middle of the woods... No I wasn't scared of a bear or getting lost, I was freaking out because I thought I would get bit by a tick and catch Lyme disease! Then I read oh 'it's from a tick bite, and not caught person to person' , I did my research so thought casually meeting my friend was no big deal and didn't even fear it. My life has not been the same since, and hear I am about 4 and a half months later and I am still ill! Juggling all these medications it is actually unbelievable!
And people just think it's unbelievable that this happened! The consequences, how it was transmitted, all this! And ya actually I kind of agree it is unbelievable, I can't believe I have had this health catastrophe and have to take all these medications myself after being so healthy all my life, but this is what happened and I know it happened like this. To add to the unbelivability of it, I appear to be fine from those that are around me. No I'm definitely not okay. Slowly healing though, and trying to deal with the illness at this point in time is all I can do. Maybe try and tell my story to others to prevent it from happening in the future.
Post Edited (LymePickle) : 4/4/2014 12:47:15 PM (GMT-6)