Sexual transmission of Lyme Disease - studies

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   Posted 5/26/2017 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm posting the synopses of these studies that I have in my notes - there are others - so that when people ask about it, I can refer to this thread in lieu of posting the same info in different discussions, as well as the discussion that might follow. Talk amongst yourselves...

"In the study, researchers tested semen samples and vaginal secretions from three groups of patients: control subjects without evidence of Lyme disease, random subjects who tested positive for Lyme disease, and married heterosexual couples engaging in unprotected sex who tested positive for the disease. As expected, all of the control subjects tested negative for Borrelia burgdorferi in semen samples or vaginal secretions. In contrast, all women with Lyme disease tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi in vaginal secretions, while about half of the men with Lyme disease tested positive for the Lyme spirochete in semen samples. Furthermore, one of the heterosexual couples with Lyme disease showed identical strains of the Lyme spirochete in their genital secretions. The presence of the Lyme spirochete in genital secretions and identical strains in married couples strongly suggests that sexual transmission of the disease occurs,” said Dr. Mayne."

"The culture of viable Borrelia spirochetes in genital secretions suggests that Lyme disease could be transmitted by intimate contact from person to person."

"initial laboratory testing of semen samples provided by male Lyme patients (positive by western blot/PCR in blood) and the male sexual partner of a Lyme infected female patient were positive approximately 40% of the time. PCR recovery of Lyme DNA nucleotide sequences with microscopic confirmation of semen samples yielded positive results in 14/32 Lyme patients (13 male semen samples and 1 vaginal pap). ALL positive semen/vaginal samples in patients with known sexual partners resulted in positive Lyme titers/PCR in their sexual partners. 3/4 positive semen patients had no or unknown sexual partners to be tested."


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   Posted 5/26/2017 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the information. Take care, Jo

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   Posted 5/26/2017 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
what's even more interesting is the lyme bacteria is not new. It's been around for 10's if not 100's of thousands of years (or longer, can't remember exactly but just know a really long time). So it safe to say it's been transmitted sexually for thousands of years as well.

Just makes you think how only in modern times do we know what it is and have a name for it, but people have always experienced lyme symptoms. Whether it's mental issues, physical issues, or both. Some people are asymptomatic, some our mildy symptomatic, some our moderately symptomatic and others severely symptomatic.

From the multiple common vectors that transmit lyme (ticks, mosquito, spiders, lice, biting flies, and fleas) to human transmission (sexually), it's almost as if lyme is just part of the human experience.

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   Posted 5/26/2017 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   

True! It has been around - scientists recently discovered that Borrelia was responsible for bone decay in the cave man it was found in.

However, Bb was re-engineered as a bioweapon and I personally feel this is the reason why it has morphed so drastically since the 70s into an epidemic, something that causes unmitigated damage and suffering, and also something almost unresearchable.

Something caused these shifts - not in all bacteria - just in Bb...


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   Posted 5/27/2017 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
The most satisfying part of this study is watching Phillip Baker get his a** whooped in the comments.

This makes me wonder if we should have a subforum with studies that have been stickied. Organized by topic maybe. Idk. I just hate that so many people on this site are independently researching this disease and sharing their findings just for it to get buried in a matter of hours

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   Posted 5/27/2017 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for posting these, P!! You're right, it would be much easier to have a thread to point to rather than posting those studies in each thread that they are needed.
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   Posted 5/27/2017 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Psilo -
I know... truly satisfying.

The same thing happened when the IDSA posted a "continuing education" piece on their guidelines. I just wanted to explode and then I saw some of the comments obliterating it and condemning the IDSA for regurgitating the nonsense. I slept a little better that night.

Maybe it's as simple as listing more reference threads in the "New to Lyme?" thread? I haven't looked at it in awhile but you're right - things get buried in a matter of hours. Maybe the mods should talk about that...

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