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New York City reports three cases of meningitis in HIV-positive gay men

| Friday, September 5, 2014
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NEW YORK -- New York City's Health Department says it's investigating three cases of meningitis that have developed in HIV-positive gay men over the last two weeks. The department says Friday it's recommending meningitis vaccinations for all men who regularly have intimate contact with other men. It says men with HIV are at a greater risk of acquiring meningitis.

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Concerns escalate following deaths of gay, bisexual men from meningitis

| Saturday, April 5, 2014
Damian Dovarganes, APLos Angeles County Public Health Clinics are offering free vaccines against invasive meningococcal disease to those without health insurance.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — In the heart of this close-knit gay community, Luke Martel reflects the feelings of many when it comes to a strain of meningitis that has killed three gay men this year in Los Angeles County: He's concerned but not overly so.

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LA County urges vaccinations for gay men following three deaths from meningitis

| Thursday, April 3, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- Three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died, and all three had sex with other men, Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday.

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Help pressure the feds to protect your family from meningitis

| Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Earlier this year, outbreaks of bacterial meningitis cropped up among gay and bisexual men in New York and Los Angeles. Fear gripped gay communities in cities across the country as many men wondered, according to the New York Times, “whether this is AIDS, circa 1981, all over again.” There was ample reason to worry: bacterial meningitis – the swelling of the lining around the brain and the spinal cord – is a lethal disease. The symptoms come on fast but appear very ordinary; in fact, they so closely resemble the flu that many victims don’t bother to see a doctor. This can have deadly consequences...

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NYC health officials warn of meningitis risks ahead of gay pride weekend

| Monday, June 17, 2013
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NEW YORK -- New York City officials have issued a warning given ahead of the upcoming gay pride weekend, advising visitors to consult their physicians about receiving a meningitis vaccination.

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Meningitis victim’s brother condemns West Hollywood council member, media

| Monday, April 15, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- The brother of Brett Shaad, the 33-year-old West Hollywood man who died Saturday after contracting a deadly strain of bacterial meningitis, is lashing out over media coverage of his brother's death.

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Calif. man diagnosed with meningitis is brain dead, remains on life support

| Saturday, April 13, 2013
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LOS ANGELES — A 33-year-old West Hollywood man who felt sickened by bacterial meningitis earlier this week has been declared brain dead amid warnings to sexually active gay men about the deadly strain of illness, officials said.

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West Hollywood officials warn gay men of deadly strain of meningitis

| Friday, April 12, 2013
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Officials warned sexually active gay men on Friday to beware of a potentially deadly health threat after a case of bacterial meningitis was detected in Los Angeles County.

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