The untold dangers of Lyme Disease

The Untold Dangers of Lyme Borreliosis disease. | Lyme Transmission

It is not a rare disease, it is epidemic. It is not just tick-borne; it can also be transmitted by other insects, including fleas, horseflies, mosquitoes and mites, -- bloodtransfunsion and by human-to-human contact.

1: The culture of viable Borrelia spirochetes in genital secretions suggests that Lyme disease could be transmitted by intimate contact from person to person:

2: Dr. Raphael Stricker: “It would certainly explains why the disease is so common,” Dr. Raphael Stricker, one of the researchers of the study stated. According to the CDC, there are 300,000 new cases of Lyme each year and this rate is rapidly increasing making it one of the most urgent epidemics today.

3: Dr. Alan Macdonald, dr Joseph Burrascano and dr. Richard Horowitz says: Everything Syphilis can do, Borrelia can. Syphilis (the brother of Borrelia) was an epidemic in the 1930-50's Syphilis and Borrelia are both spirochetes.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD

4: When Dr. Jones (well known ILADS MD) treats a Lyme patient who’s in a relationship, he often treats the spouse as well; otherwise, he says, they can just pass the Bb back and forth, reinfecting each other! STD.

5: The study (headed by microbiologist Marianne Middelveen and an international team of medical researchers) is the first to officially investigate sexual transmission between partners. However, it has been suggested for over a decade that Lyme disease could transmit sexually. The bacteria that causes Lyme is a type of spirochete which is related to the same cork-screw shaped bacteria of syphilis.

I’ve interviewed many leading Lyme literate doctors and researchers, including microbiologist Marianne Middelveen and internist Raphael Stricker. Both are involved with the most recent study investigating Lyme as an STI.

According to Dr. Stricker and Ms. Middelveen, researchers of the 2014 study on Lyme as an STD, it was suggested over a decade ago already that Lyme disease could be sexually transmitted because of the Lyme spirocheet bacteria

It would certainly explain why the disease is so common,” Dr. Stricker stated in our phone interview. “This is a big game changer”, Stricker said. “It would mean we should no longer think of Lyme based on geographical high risk zones.

6: What does the Lyme pasients say?

Joanne, who travels to Belgium from the Netherlands to see her doctor, strongly feels she transmitted the infection to her partner and expressed relief that her doctor informed her about this mode of transmission:

I am personally really glad my doctor said it is likely to be an STD. Because of this I had my boyfriend tested right away when I found out I had Lyme. He’s now also receiving treatment and is recovering much faster. With Lyme, the earlier you discover it, the better your chances of recovery, so no, I wouldn’t wait.

Barbara* has a story like so many Americans. Her infection wasn’t detected until many years after transmission:

I may have sustained a tick bite in 2008, but the circumstances were such that I brushed the incident off. I never had a bullseye rash. Lyme wasn’t identified until 2014 (after a year trying to find a diagnosis that explained my symptoms). Although Lyme crossed my mind my initial test was negative. My treatment might have been completely different if I had known and understood what IS NOT KNOWN about Lyme. I might have sought aggressive treatment for the tick bite, not ignored it. I might have been able to protect my husband who now also has Lyme.

Another patient: There are too many people with Lyme at the moment, it cannot only come from a tick bite anymore. Whole families are infected with Lyme. Including my family and my husband. I have Lyme. My husband never had a tick bite but had a positive test. He also has Lyme disease because of me. I think every practitioner has to tell their patients it’s sexually transmitted, there needs to be more information told about it.

Mandy Hughes
Once a marine animal trainer at Sea World, Mandy is diagnosed with Lyme disease at age 19, but is given insufficient treatment. For more than seven years her health deteriorates as doctors tell her she has chronic fatigue syndrome, dystonia, multiple sclerosis, and psychological problems. Finally, a physician diagnoses her with Lyme disease and treats her with intravenous antibiotics. Just as her health begins to improve, her supportive husband, Sean, begins to exhibit his own Lyme-like symptoms and the couple is left to worry about the possibility that Mandy has sexually transmitted the disease to her spouse. Mandy is also the woman in the pool on the cover of Under Our Skin.

Under Our Skin. Characters and doctors about Congenital Lyme and Lyme in Breastmilk

Elise Brady-Moe
After several miscarriages caused by the congenital transmission of Lyme disease, Elise gets pregnant again and gives birth. A mother and school administrator in Connecticut, she fears for her baby's life and health. Her Lyme literate physician wonders how many mothers unknowingly pass Lyme to their children through the womb, unaware that they themselves are infected or that Lyme can be passed from mother to child.

Alan MacDonald, MD
Dr. MacDonald is a staff pathologist at a regional hospital on Long Island, but in his free time he is an impassioned researcher who works out of a makeshift home laboratory. Dr. Macdonald's research into Lyme disease began over 25 years ago, when he noticed striking similarities between the bacteria that cause Lyme disease and the related bacteria that cause syphilis. Against the dogma of the mainstream medical establishment, his pioneering research shows promising connections between Lyme disease and neurodegenerative disease, bacterial biofilms, and the role of maternal-fetal transmission.

Jared Shea
Jayne Shea knows her newborn son, Jared, has developmental problems, but her doctors either won't believe her or ascribe his problems to "unknown etiology." As Jared's neurological symptoms worsen, she demands that her son's pediatrician test him for Lyme. After receiving positive test results, Jayne realizes that her son's cascading symptoms are likely the result of maternal-fetal transmission. As she drives through her rural neighborhood, Jayne points to the many neighbors impacted by the epidemic of Lyme disease in their neighborhood.

Charles Ray Jones, MD
Dr. Jones, the leading Lyme-literate pediatrician in the U.S., is considered the dean of pediatric Lyme by his colleagues. In his private practice he has treated more than 10,000 Lyme patients, 300 of whom contracted Lyme in the womb, and at least 35 who acquired the disease through breast milk. He has reported success treating the chronic form of the disease with long-term antibiotics.


7: Congenital Lyme Disease:

Syphilis and borreliosis during pregnancy.
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Syphilis and lyme borreliosis have similar etiologic, clinical, and epidemiologic characteristics. Both are multisystem infectious disorders spread worldwide. Their clinical course can be divided into three stages and as to spirochetal origin, antibiotic therapy is similar too. Taxonomical relationship of Treponema and Borrelia could explain also congenital manifestations well-known in syphilis, and suggested in borreliosis. Therapy of pregnant women with syphilis and lyme borreliosis should : the same strategy.

8: There is always some risk of getting Lyme disease from a tick bite in the woods. But there may be a bigger risk of getting Lyme disease in the bedroom

“The presence of the Lyme spirochete in genital secretions and identical strains in married couples strongly suggests that sexual transmission of the disease occurs,” said Dr. Mayne.

The study was presented at the annual Western Regional Meeting of the American Federation for Medical Research, and an abstract of the research was published in the January issue of the Journal of Investigative Medicine.

The Lyme spirochete resembles the agent of syphilis, long recognized as the epitome of sexually transmitted diseases.

That makes Lyme disease almost twice as common as breast cancer and six times more common than HIV/AIDS.

It explains why the disease is more common than one would think if only ticks were involved in transmission

All women with Lyme disease tested positive for BB in vaginal secretions, while about half of the men with Lyme disease tested positive for the Lyme spirochete in semen samples. Furthermore, one of the heterosexual couples with Lyme disease showed identical strains of the Lyme spirochete in their genital secretions:

9: Transmission of bacteria and onset of chronic disease:
Spouses have a significantly greater chance of developing the same disease as their partners – a phenomenon that can best be explained if familial aggregation has an infectious cause. From father to child via sperm, From mother to fetus during pregnancy and more...

10: Emerging information indicates that, if you are having unprotected sex at all — even in a monogamous relationship — you’re at risk of infection.

Everyone has the right to choose how they protect themselves and their partners. This is not about inciting panic or stigma. It is about encouraging an up-to-date public discussion regarding Lyme. It’s about allowing people an informed choice. And finally, for safer sex educators, it’s about informing people on how they can enjoy sex and remain infection free, and for those who are infected, how to best protect their partners:

11: Dr Bach (ILADS) treat just like (Dr Jones) also the partner:

Dr. Bach calls Bb “a brother” to the syphilis spirochete because of their genetic similarities. For that reason, when he treats a Lyme patient in a relationship, he often treats the spouse; otherwise, he says, they can just pass the Bb back and forth, reinfecting each other.


13: Monogamous? This STI Won't Care.

14: Dr.Klinghardt: There is also increasing evidence that Lyme disease may be transmitted sexually and congenitally. Borrelia burgdorferi is a spirochete, a cousin to the spirochete bacterium that causes syphilis. In fact, they look almost identical under a microscope. B. burgdorferi’s corkscrew-shaped form allows it to burrow into and hide in a variety of your body’s tissues, which is why it causes such wide-ranging multisystem involvement:

15: Dr. Stricker pointed to the unknown risks of contracting Lyme disease raised by the study. “There is always some risk of getting Lyme disease from a tickbite in the woods,” he said. “But there may be a bigger risk of getting Lyme disease in the bedroom.

16: Gregory Bach, D.O., presented a study on transmission via semen at the American Psychiatric Association meeting in November, 2000. He confirmed Bb DNA in semen using the PCR test (Polymerase Chain Reaction).

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18: Gregory Bach, DO, International Scientific Conference on Lyme Disease, April 2001 Lyme disease, being a spirochete with pathology similar to syphilis, is often found difficult to treat due to the spirochete invading sanctuary sites and displaying pleomorphic characteristics such as a cyst (L-form).

Because a significant portion of sexually active couples present to my office with Lyme disease, with only one partner having a history of tick exposure, the question of possible secondary (sexual) vector of transmission for the spirochete warrants inquiry. Additionally, sexually active couples seem to have a marked propensity for antibiotic failure raising the question of sexually active couples re-infecting themselves through intimate contact.


Lyme spirochetes/DNA have been recovered from stored animal semen. Recovery of spirochete DNA from nursing mother’s breast milk and umbilical cord blood by PCR (confirmed by culture/microscopy), have been found in samples provided to my office.


Surprisingly, initial laboratory testing of semen samples provided by male Lyme patients (positive by western blot/PCR in blood) and the male sexual partner of a Lyme infected female patient were positive approximately 40% of the time. PCR recovery of Lyme DNA nucleotide sequences with microscopic confirmation of semen samples yielded positive results in 14/32 Lyme patients (13 male semen samples and 1 vaginal pap).

ALL positive semen/vaginal samples in patients with known sexual partners resulted in positive Lyme titers/PCR in their sexual partners. 3/4 positive semen patients had no or unknown sexual partners to be tested.

These preliminary findings warrant further study. Current a statistical design study to evaluate the possibility of sexual transition of the spirochete is being undertaken. Our laboratory studies confirm the existence of Lyme spirochetes in semen/vaginal secretions. Whether or not further clinical studies with a larger statistical group will support the hypothesis of sexual transmission remains to be seen.

A retrospective clinical study is also underway. We are reviewing the medical records, collecting semen samples of patients who were previously diagnosed with current and previously treated Lyme disease are being asked to provide semen, pap and blood samples for extensive laboratory testing.


With the initially impressive data, we feel the subsequent statistical study on the sexual transmission of the Lyme spirochete will illuminate a much broader spectrum of public health concerns associated with the disease than the originally accepted tick borne vector.

19: Compelling evidence supports horizontal (sexual) and vertical (congenital) human to human transfer:

20: Dr. Burrascano (Well known ILADS medical doctor) says:
– Lyme is sexually transmitted
– Sometimes partners should be treated, or else they may reinfect each other.
Source: watch about 6:20 into video

Given all the uncertainties with Lyme, prevention is more important than ever. We know condoms will be the most effective way to protect against its spread as an STI. Drawing from what people living with Lyme have voiced, my personal opinion is that if there is any chance whatsoever that Lyme could be sexually transmitted –and the evidence is rapidly increasing– more people need to be made aware of this possibility:

Other Vectors:

21: It has been established that a wide variety of bugs can at least carry the disease – and that it even is found in human semen, blood, urine and saliva. This would explain why MS statistically ever-so-slightly can “run in the family”. It may partially be caused by a genetic propensity for not being able to clear the infection, but it may also be because bed bugs, fleas, lice, mosquitoes and sexual intercourse or even mere kissing can possibly transmit the bacterium. MS is Lyme:

22: Other Possible Vectors for the spread of Lyme Disease

23: Lida Mattman, who is a microbiologist and the author of "Stealth Pathogens", has studied spirochetes for fifty years. She believes that touching can spread lyme disease. The spirochete is found in tears, which means that it can contaminate the hands and anything they touch. Scientists are finding that the lyme spirochete is very hardy and can reman viable for long periods of time. Could this possibly be a mode of transmission for Bb within families?

Lida Mattman short version of the spead of Lyme Disease

Lida Mattman at the Autoimmunity Research Foundation's Chicago Conference

24: Lyme Disease - Misdiagnoses And Medical Dictatorship

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