Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium that can cause a wide range of infections in humans.
It is a common cause of life-threatening infections in individuals with weakened immune systems and can be difficult to treat due to its high levels of antibiotic resistance.
While it is generally known that the bacteria can be contracted through contaminated water or soil, new research has suggested that it may also be transmitted through sexual contact.
We will explore the evidence behind this claim, as well as the risks associated with this form of transmission.
Can Pseudomonas aeruginosa be sexually transmitted?
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is not considered to be responsible for sexually transmitted infections. While it is theoretically possible to transmit the bacteria through sexual contact, it is a rare occurrence.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is not commonly found in the genital area, and the risk of transmission through sexual activity is low.
Although several studies have linked this bacteria to other microorganisms responsible for STIs.
A publication titled “The relationship between sexually transmitted microorganisms and seminal quality in asymptomatic men” found various microorganisms in semen samples with Lactobacillus spp. being the most common (found in 70% of samples).
Other microorganisms detected included Neisseria gonorrhea, Streptococcus epidermidis, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a serious complication of chlamydia and gonorrhea but a study carried out to determine the bacterial isolates associated with the pelvic inflammatory disease among female patients attending some hospitals in Abuja, Nigeria revealed the presence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
The study analyzed 100 samples and found that 43% had only one type of bacteria, 2% had multiple types of bacteria, and 55% had no bacterial growth.
The most common bacteria found were Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Streptococcus faecalis while Pseudomonas aeruginosa was among the least common.
Other modes of transmission
- The most common modes of transmission of Pseudomonas aeruginosa include exposure to contaminated environments or medical equipment
- The bacteria can also be transmitted from person to person through contact with contaminated skin, wounds, or other body fluids.
Preventiing Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections
- Good hygiene is essential for avoiding Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections.
- Avoid contact with contaminated areas such as hot tubs and swimming pools.
- Any wounds or cuts should be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible.
- People with compromised immune systems or chronic health conditions should take extra precautions to avoid bacteria exposure.
If you experience symptoms of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection such as fever, cough, or skin irritation, seek medical attention promptly.
Last Updated on July 8, 2023 by Our Editorial Team