Can Lyme disease be transmitted through sexual contact?

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A study is suggesting that Lyme disease may be transmitted from person to person through sexual contact.

The study was published by the Journal of Investigative Medicine. According to, the study tested the bodily fluids of the private parts of both men and women. The results led them to suggest that there is a connection between sex and the transmission of Lyme disease.

However, the CDC doesn’t necessarily agree. The Center’s for Disease Control says on their website that there is no credible scientific evidence that Lyme disease can be spread from person-to-person through sexual contact.

One person who had Lyme disease told 22News about their experience. “Now I am very careful about any exposure, or going out into the woods. I don’t sit down in grass. Anything that presents any sort of risk I try and avoid,” said Ursula Kiczkowski of Northampton.

Lyme disease is common, with more than 300,000 new cases diagnosed each year. says that makes it six times more common than HIV-AIDS.

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