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Shigella bacteria cause shigellosis

Shigellosis is any condition caused by infection with organisms of the genus Shigella, such as bacillary dysentery.[1] Shigellosis produces intestinal pain and diarrhea with mucus and blood in the stool.[2] Shigellosis is particularly common in tropical countries, but frequently occurs in other places as well. Shigellosis is particularly hazardous for individuals with AIDS or other immunodeficiency states.[3]

Homosexuality and Shigellosis

In 2007 the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases reported the following in an article entitled Another Perfect Storm: Shigella, Men Who Have Sex with Men, and HIV:

In the mid-1970s, outbreaks of Shigella infection among adults in New York and San Francisco raised the possibility that Shigella species may be sexually transmitted, with most infections occurring in men who have sex with men (MSM). Since these early observations, Shigella infection appears to be more frequent among MSM than among other adult populations...[4]

Shigellosis is one of the maladies of gay bowel syndrome.


  4. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2007;44:335-337