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Expanded Study Confirms that Lyme Disease May Be Sexually Transmitted

San Francisco, California (PRWEB) December 19, 2014

An expanded study confirms that Lyme disease may be sexually transmitted. The study was published in the open access journal F1000Research (https://f1000research.com/articles/3-309/v1).

Lyme disease is a tickborne infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a type of corkscrew-shaped bacteria known as a spirochete (pronounced spiro’keet). The Lyme spirochete resembles the agent of syphilis, long recognized as the epitome of sexually transmitted diseases. In 2013 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Lyme disease is much more common than previously thought, with over 300,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. That makes Lyme disease almost twice as common as breast cancer and six times more common than HIV/AIDS.

“Our findings will change the way Lyme disease is viewed by doctors and patients,” said Marianne Middelveen, lead author of the published study. “It explains why the disease is more common than one would think if only ticks were involved in transmission.”

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  1. I have about 85% of the symptoms list and no dr will help me! I feel like I am dying,where can I go to get help? Seven years of hell so far! I don’t know how much more I can take. No one listens,because in Regina,no one knows! I also was hospitalized for a week for RMSF that was unrecognized and treated with a topical steroid cream.i molted like a snake and they sent me home,had to go back the next morning because my face was so swollen that I couldn’t see. Steroid pills and sent home again.i need help!

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