Gay Men Urged to Get Meningitis Vaccine

Cases of life-threatening disease rise in NYC.


March 26, 2013

Men who have sex with men, regardless of their HIV status and regardless of whether they consider themselves gay, are being urged to get vaccinated against meningitis by the New York City Department for Health.

There have been 22 reported cases of the dangerous brain inflammation in New York since 2010, seven of them fatal, with four new cases since the new year.

“Meningitis symptoms usually come on quickly, and the disease can be fatal if not treated right away,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “Vaccination is the best defense. I urge all men who meet these criteria – regardless of whether they identify as gay – to get vaccinated now and protect themselves from this disease before it is too late.”

At risk New Yorkers are being asked to spread the word through social media sites like Grindr and Manhunt, as well as at bars and clubs frequented by gay men. Please forward this post to anyone you know who may be at risk.

[NYC Department of Health]