Hello to All,
Those of us with chronic Lyme Disease don’t want to hear this, but some scientists say that this infection can be transmitted sexually. A new study by an international team of scientists found the bacteria in vaginal secretions and seminal fluids, suggesting that sexual transmission of the disease occurs. Their findings are presented in the January issue of the Journal of Investigative Medicine.
I have been ill for 15 years with this disease, and my spouse and I have been together for longer than that. So far he doesn’t show any symptoms. But I always wonder if it’s there, lying in wait for his immune system to weaken. I fear this greatly. One sick person in the house is bad enough. Two ill people would be devastating. I know of entire families who have Lyme Disease.
Have I killed off enough of this infection so as not to be contagious? Should we actually start using protection during sex NOW after all these years? (No way, we both decided). I think it more reasonable for him to be tested and treated if necessary. There are also immune enhancing substances and herbs that can be used for prevention. (Stephen Buhner suggests astragalus as a good one for prevention and early treatment). But for new sexual partners, using protection sounds like a good idea (for many reasons, of course).
The implications of this study are alarming. The transmission through bodily fluids means a much greater incidence of this disease than most thought possible. It means that sexual partners can get it from one another, and that mothers can pass it to their unborn children. Though the CDC denies it, this disease may truly become an epidemic, if it is not one already.
That’s enough for now. I’m getting rather depressed thinking about it.