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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Lyme disease can lead to arthritis, paralysis, and heart problems all from the bite of a tick and new research suggests you can also get it from sex.
It's a controversial study published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine as researchers claim that unprotected sex could transmit the disease.
Dr. Stephen Phillips with Sentara RMH said it's not so simple, "At this point, I don't think there's any need to worry about transmitting or begin transmitted to Lyme disease by sexual contact unless, of course, your partner has a lot of deer ticks on them that are carrying the germ."
Likewise, the Centers for Disease Control isn't convinced and said, “There is no credible scientific evidence that Lyme disease can be spread from person-to-person through sexual contact.”
Either way, doctors say safe sex is better than no protection at all against any sexually transmitted diseases.
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