Staph Retreat

Murphy, Tim
March 2008
Advocate;3/11/2008, Issue 1003, p20
The article discusses how researchers in San Francisco, California, and Boston, Massachusetts, reported that a virulent, multidrug-resistant form of staph bacteria was spreading among gay men. According to initial reports, Boston gays were 13 times more likely to be infected than area residents in general. The article explains that the report sparked widespread concern, which echoed similar homophobic sentiments during the early periods of AIDS and HIV. Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco would go on to revise their statements and downplay the role of gay men and the bacteria. Doctors in Boston would also go on to report that the staph bacteria did not originate with gay men. The doctors noted that the bacteria was most common in hospitals and among groups.


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