I was spending the weekend with family when my dad brought up that recent news about staph infections that seem to target gay men. As is typical with the media (ourselves included) is that he got the first round of news, but the retraction came in little print.

UCSF says it deplores the negative targeting of specific populations in association with MRSA.

People living in San Francisco’s Castro district say the groups which have been using the studies were already anti-gay to begin with.

Others saw parallels to initial reports about HIV and AIDS infections, right down to the way the media presented that information.

The Centers for Disease Control says that staph infections, including MRSA, most frequently occur with in health care environments among patients and hospital staff, regardless of their sexual orientation.

The best way to protect yourself against he disease is with good hygiene practices like washing your hands.