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Can One Contract Leprosy After Protected Oral Sex?

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Posted on Tue, 10 Oct 2017
Question: Hello. 3 months ago I had sex with a german escort at a brothel in Berlin. It started with deep kissing, protected oral sex and then protected vaginal sex. I've already tested for all stds and everything seems to be okay. I am now concerned I might have caught leprosy through kissing. I mean, I know Germany is a no risk zone, but recently imigrants have been spreading all over europe and since she's a sex worker, she might have come in contact with leprosy. I didn't see symptoms on her but I read that the bacterium has a really long incubation... Could I've been infected this way? Sorry for my nad english but it's not my first language
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Answered by Dr. Monika Dede (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Please don't worry!

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you writing in healthcare magic.

I understand your concern but I think you shouldn't worry.
The risk of getting leprosy for all people in the world is very low because more than 95% of us have natural immunity to the disease.
Even though leprosy it is known as a highly contagious , it is a good news that we now know it doesn’t spread easily and treatment is very effective.
However, in your case with a single contact you shouldn't worry even if your partner was infected.
You should know that you can get it only if you come into close , repeated and prolonged contact (over many months) with nose and mouth droplets from someone with untreated leprosy.

I hope my answer helps you.
Regards.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Monika Dede (9 hours later)
Thank you very much for your help, have a great day!
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Answered by Dr. Monika Dede (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
You are welcome.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you writing back.

You are welcome.

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Can One Contract Leprosy After Protected Oral Sex?

Brief Answer: Please don't worry! Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you writing in healthcare magic. I understand your concern but I think you shouldn't worry. The risk of getting leprosy for all people in the world is very low because more than 95% of us have natural immunity to the disease. Even though leprosy it is known as a highly contagious , it is a good news that we now know it doesn’t spread easily and treatment is very effective. However, in your case with a single contact you shouldn't worry even if your partner was infected. You should know that you can get it only if you come into close , repeated and prolonged contact (over many months) with nose and mouth droplets from someone with untreated leprosy. I hope my answer helps you. Regards.