FLORIDA: Britain Issues Sex Warning For Tourists

The Telegraph reports:

Approximately 50,000 British holidaymakers currently in Florida should avoid unprotected sex for the rest of the summer holidays because of the risk from Zika virus, according to government advice.

An outbreak of four mosquito-transmitted cases yesterday prompted Public Health England (PHE) to advise pregnant women to consider postponing non-essential travel to the southern US state.

But for the large numbers of British tourists already there, the presence of the virus means that they should refrain from sex without a condom for eight weeks, even if neither partner has symptoms of the disease and there is no prospect of a pregnancy.

More than 1,650 cases of Zika have been diagnosed in the US. However, this is thought to be the first time the disease has been spread by local insects, rather than as a result of foreign travel or sexual intercourse. It means the outbreak, as in Brazil, could be far harder to contain.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Sorry to be a Karly Downer, but everyone should practice safe sex. Always.

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jul/31/aids-could-spiral-out-control-africa-again-experts-warn

    The Gay Men’s Health Crisis isn’t over yet, and it never did only affect/infect ‘us’.

    • Chuck in PA

      The article is not about gay men in the U.S.A. It is about how in other countries where the least expensive drugs are being used for HIV, the virus is sometimes resistant and the people can’t afford and don’t have access to the more expensive and newer drugs. The article is basically saying that poor countries need funding for HIV prevention and treatment.

      • Karl Dubhe

        If you think that what happens in Africa stays in Africa, then may I remind you where the human race came from?

        The article also pointed out that the Anti-Virals are losing their efficacy as a result of people not taking their drugs properly, or at all. Which is why there are ‘new’ drugs coming out.

        Not every gay man is in the fucking USA either. Quit gazing at your own navel.

        • Chuck in PA

          The article is about HIV in African countries. You turned it into something about the “Gay Men’s Health Crisis.” The focus was on the problem they are having with HIV in poor countries. You are the one turning it into all about us. And, “always practice safe sex,” what does that mean? If you are saying that a person should always use a condom, no matter what, that is unrealistic and a rule most people in long term relationships let go.

        • Adam Schmidt

          Ok, you’re using HIV as the reason to practice safe sex. So let me say that I’m HIV positive and I practice safe sex by religiously taking my ARV’s. The PARTNER study is showing ever more surely that being undetectable reduces the likelihood of transmission to levels far beyond condom usage (the latest results cover 58,000 acts of unprotected sex between an HIV+ but undetectable partner and his HIV- partner without a single incident of transmission).

          In addition, there are new drugs coming out largely due to the new drugs being far easier on your system, particularly your kidneys and liver. This isn’t counting the new techniques on the way like once a month shots and medications intended to flush the viral reservoir.

          And when it comes to Africa, understand that there’s a completely different strain of the virus in Western Africa (HIV-2) whereas the rest of the world sees very little HIV-2 and almost exclusively sees the HIV-1 strain. They’re so different that tests used to detect one often won’t pick up the other. HIV-2 for what it’s worth is generally more difficult to transmit than HIV-1 thus part of the reason why it’s generally confined to Western Africa.

          As for what the article says about the number of HIV+ individuals will go up beyond its peak… yes, because they’re not dying anymore.

    • Mark

      Stay on topic. This is about Zika, not HIV.

      • Karl Dubhe

        It’s about an STD, which is on topic. The original story also “advised tourists to use condoms” which should be said about a good number of STDs.

        If you don’t respect your partner enough to wrap it, you don’t respect them enough to have sex with them.

        • Mark

          And you diverted to Africa. I stand firm in saying to stay on topic.

  • Lazycrockett

    People have sex with Floridians?

    • Acronym Jim

      Floridians have sex with other Floridians. It’s the retirement capital of the US and STD rates have doubled amongst the silver fox set.

      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sexually-transmitted-disease-rates-rise-among-elderly-why/

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I don’t see laws trying to convince old people to stop banging, funny considering how much the fundies keep talking about only strictly procreative sex is Jeebus sex.

    • justmeeeee

      We have the biggest dicks, so, yes, they do.

      • JT

        Like a long peninsula that juts out into the ocean.

        • justmeeeee

          Yes! You must have had one or two in your time.

      • Miji

        But enough about Rick Scott, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, & all the rest. What’s that have to do with sex?

      • Chuck in PA

        I have done exhausting research and haven’t come to that conclusion. Maybe, I should make another trip.

  • bkmn

    Dear DNC – use this against the GOP. They have been blocking funding for months and now Zika is here. Use this.

    • PLAINTOM

      In particular, Democratic candidates running against incumbent GOP congressional members.

    • Ninja0980

      Republicans will counter that they did pass funding bills which Democrats blocked without failing to mention the fact they put poison pills such as defunding PP and the ACA as the reason why they did so.

      • Bruno

        So tired of all these Congressional games.

      • j.martindale

        And their sheeple are not very attuned to nuance, so this fact would not register with them.

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    • sword

      The GOP has no problems with babies born with small brains…normal for them.

  • johncAtl

    Does Trump know there are 50,000 British citizens in Florida? Why didn’t somebody build a wall?

    • Because they’re white.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Well, not necessarily.

      • Dazzer

        If they’re in Florida they’re probably a shade of lobster red

    • BobSF_94117

      The rather large moat didn’t stop them…

  • DaddyRay

    Trumps solution

    • JT

      That also illustrates his level of knowledge of continental drift and geology.

      • Michael Rush

        ” We need to cut Florida loose . I know it can be done , I saw it on the internet . I’m not the only one who thinks so . We need to locate the rabbit with the saw as soon as possible ”

        – Donald Trump

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I’m reminded of Florida Republicans who complained on NPR that they went to Congress because the water level is rising and threatening their cities but the Washington DC GOP were all “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” about it.

    • Bruno

      If we did that Hillary would have the election sewn up.

    • greenmanTN

      Well, I’ve been tempted to disavow Florida a few times myself. News stories out of Florida tend have the craziest shit, and I live in Tennessee! Bath Salt cannibals….

      • MaryOGrady

        Florida Man is a legend when it comes to insanity and self-destruction.

  • Friday

    Thanks, GOP Congress!

  • Oh, shit. There’s going to be a run on the condoms.
    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/DorothyCondoms.gif

    Someone needs to warn the whores, too.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzZ1RcvhPRA

  • Queequeg

    A lot of British people vacation in Florida, but now that Brexit has fucked up their economy, that could change.

    • Reality.Bites

      Just the drop in the pound is enough to make them think twice.

      A pound is worth 1.32 USD. On June 23rd it was 1.49

  • Friday
    • Bruno

      Not in the least bit surprised. Rubio is a complete jerk.

    • zhera

      Shame, Rubio!

  • j.martindale

    If the zika virus only infected gay people, the christofascists would be crowing that it is God’s damnation set on homosexuality. Strange that they don’t rant about how zika is a plague set upon heterosexual parents.

    • acde

      ….a repeat of 1981

    • boatboy_srq

      They’ll have plenty of opportunity to complain about Teh Slvts and Their Lack Of Self-Control/Modesty.

    • greenmanTN

      Bingo! OMG! A sexually transmitted virus that affects straight people! Man the life boats! Emergency!

      Granted, other countries had a better response to AIDS than the US, but that just meant NOT ignoring it completely.

  • JT
    • zhera

      Pray.

    • Todd20036

      In Trump’s case, that might actually work.

  • Todd20036

    So, anyone know the ramifications of the Zika infection for men?

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Minimal, unless there are other compromising health conditions.

      • Todd20036

        Then that’s why it’s not getting much play in the GOP congress.

      • BobSF_94117

        Minimal, assuming you’re not a male trying to become a father (or risking accidentally becoming one).

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          yeah, that too

    • canoebum
  • perversatile

    What’s more dangerous than the ZV?

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Won’t be long before the governor prohibits state employees from using the word “Zika” just like he did with “climate change” and “global warming “

  • Do Something Nice

    Is the “8 weeks” suggestion based upon science or a “best guess” ?

    • BobSF_94117

      Last I heard, it was six months.

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    Has Paul LePage promised to go down there and hunt the “ziki fly”?

  • Michael Rush

    Vintage Trump fear mongering

    ” I KNOW MORE THAN ALL THE SCIENTISTS !!! BELIEVE ME ”

    https://s31.postimg.org/tubmkcswb/trump_ebola.jpg

    • Bruno

      He should build a wall to keep out all mosquitoes.

    • DaddyRay

      Perfect example of Trump over reaction

      • Michael Rush

        He really wants to say ” I told you so ” on this stuff .

  • Chuck in PA

    Of course some people are going to use this as an opportunity to say: “See, I told you so, you guys shouldn’t be having sex, and if so, only in a monogamous relationship with condoms….. But, should a healthy gay male be concerned. Isn’t this more of an issue for pregnant women? http://www.vox.com/2016/7/29/12235578/zika-virus-symptoms-babies-sexually-transmitted-mosquito-bite-questions

    • another_steve

      Since the disease can be sexually transmitted, presumably any sexual contact with an infected individual is a potential risk, gay or straight. My understanding, however, is that the disease is generally not life-threatening but carries great risk for the unborn children of pregnant infected women.

      • TuuxKabin

        You don’t have a full understanding and there is a lot of information in the daily press and on line. It is life threatening. Educate yourself. It’s a threat.

  • Dramphooey

    The British government actually has to warn their people not to fuck mosquitos?

    • Reality.Bites

      Melanoma Trump fucks a mosquito when she wants to feel really filled up.

    • BobSF_94117

      It’s all that binge drinking…

  • Alan43

    British tourists should be safe, you can’t transmit Zika by spanking

    • another_steve

      Do the Brits spank for pleasure or for punishment?

      • Bruno

        Considering Brexit, I’d guess punishment.

      • Alan43

        Both, although reputedly they favor the former

    • Dramphooey

      Island nations and their fetishes…

  • Robert Conner

    The Coming Plague, by Laurie Garrett, is highly recommended reading. The southern United States can expect a continued influx of new diseases as insect vectors move northward. Zika’s likely just one of many.

    • boatboy_srq

      And between the Teahadis killing of healthcare coverage options, and the anti-vaxxers refusing to inoculate their kids because Big Pharma (eleventy-one!), the pandemics will spread space.

  • boatboy_srq

    “No sex, please, we’re British” strikes again…

  • BobSF_94117

    Only eight weeks?

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Seems that the real warning should be to avoid regions with active zika infestation.

  • andrew

    Wow. I had no idea there 50.000 Brits in Florida for summer vacations. That’s a lot of tourist dollars.

  • MaryOGrady

    Please, good JmG friends, if you are in areas with Zika risk, protect yourselves diligently. There are serious suspicions that Zika infection can touch off Guillain-Barre syndrome.

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  • JCF

    But there was absolutely no other reason before, to avoid unprotected sex.

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