September 26, 1977

Venereal Transmission of Enteric Pathogens in Male HomosexualsTwo Case Reports

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City of New York (Drs Mildvan and Gelb), and the Bureau of Venereal Disease Control, New York City Department of Health (Dr William), New York.

JAMA. 1977;238(13):1387-1389. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280140065022

In two cases there was simultaneous or sequential occurrence of amebiasis, shigellosis, and giardiasis in male homosexuals. Enteric pathogens may, under the proper conditions, be venereally transmitted. In particular, the sexual practices of male homosexuals, most significantly, oral-anal contact, appear to provide the necessary link for transmission. Evidence suggests that this is a growing problem.

(JAMA 238:1387-1389, 1977)