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HIV-Positive Men Head to Clinic for the "Other Meningitis" Vaccine

October 12, 2012

An outbreak of contagious bacterial meningitis unrelated to the larger fungal version spreading across the United States is causing some New York City men to go clinics for vaccines. This smaller outbreak of the bacterial version of the disease has only struck local men who are HIV-positive -- 12 this year, including five in the last month. One man has died, and another was in critical condition, but appears to be recovering.

Health authorities advise HIV-positive men to get vaccinated against bacterial meningitis, if they have had intimate contact with new acquaintances that they have met through the Internet, at bars or parties, or through digital apps in recent weeks. The New York City Health Department estimates approximately 10,000 men fit these criteria.

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Comment by: Mr. X (Philadelphia PA) Fri., Oct. 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm EDT
So does this mean that bisexual and gay men are at risk for Meningitis even if we are not HIV+?
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