Bi Men Specifically Warned about Meningitis Outbreak During Chicago Pride

Bisexual men are specifically being warned about a meningitis outbreak in Chicago during the Pride activities this weekend, and the parade next week on June 28.

The 13th annual Chicago Pride Fest began Saturday and continues on Sunday, June 21, and the 46th annual parade kicks off next Sunday.

Six men (most of them bisexual) contracted the illness recently, and one died on Thursday, according to national health officials, and that is why the warning is being issued. There are vaccines encourage for gay and bisexual men by the Chicago Health Department and free shots are available (CLICK HERE).

The national health officials were warning of a growing meningitis outbreak in the bisexual community.

Meningitis can be life threatening due to the fact the membranes surrounding the spinal cord and the brain get intensely swollen, and it is passed mainly through saliva, sharing a drink and sex. Symptoms include fever, headaches, nick stiffness, confusion, vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise. Even if caught in the earlier stages , meningitis can cause hearing loss and brain damage.

Chicago Pride attracts about a million people, and health officials asking all gay and bisexual men to get vaccinated against meningitis. Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner, Dr. Julie Morita issued the warning and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the report and issued the warning.

City Alderman Tom Tunney said he hoped to set an example for the BLGT community by getting vaccinated for meningitis on camera Friday.

Tunney said, “This is all about prevention, this is all about taking responsibility.”

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]