Fuck: Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning Exists, Blame Fish

Got food poisoning but determined to get a good romp in anyway? You might want to think extra twice about that. According to NPR’s Salt, 25 years ago two buddies grabbed a seafood dinner while in the Bahamas. A few hours later, both men began to experience extreme stomach pains and diarrhea. They began to feel symptoms associated with food poisoning, their legs tingled and burned while their sense of temperature went from feeling like ice when hot and burning when cold.

It didn’t stop them from having sex with their wives, however, and the women felt the same burning pain in their pelvis for several weeks after. A report in Clinical Toxicology, claims that the men consumed a fish toxin called ciguatera and passed on the poison to their wives during intercourse via their semen.

However, if you think that’s an old wive’s tale from the past, be wary. The toxin has appeared outside non-tropical regions such as New York, Vermont and North Carolina, as fish is imported to the US from all over the globe. Some researchers point out that rising ocean temperatures could make the poison more common.

“I have heard people say they wake up and step on a cold floor and have a burning or uncomfortable sensation,” Melissa Friedman, a neuropsychologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami explained to Salt. Unfortunately, symptoms are hard to spot since “”it’s information people don’t normally volunteer to their doctors.”

So, how do you avoid these unpleasantries? Don’t order the red snapper or grouper from tropical regions where there’s been outbreaks.

At the moment, there’s no cure for this particular ciguatera poisoning and if you do happen to be stricken by it, do try to restrain yourself from sex until you feel better. We know it’s hard, but we’re sure your partner will appreciate it.

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Fuck: Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning Exists, Blame Fish



Charisma Madarang

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