Monday, February 23, 2009

STDs, drinking games and sexomnia

During a party over the weekend some younger colleagues took part in a drinking game called "flippy cup". Now the game was innocent enough but we wondered about the potential for transmission of herpes viruses (HSV, EBV) via drinking games. Interestingly we were not the first to notice a possible link, as you can read here in a college newspaper about herpes being passed around as a result of a "beer pong" tournament. The article even quotes a CDC report indicating a 230% increase in infection as a result of cup sharing. There goes to show that two girls shouldn't share one cup. In a related train of thought, the subject of alcohol-induced sexsomnia came up, perhaps as another vector for STD transmission. Apparently some people suffer from sleeping masturbation. As usual, pubmed comes to the rescue with a nice case report:


3 comments:

irest said...

At this point I'm sure this has come out somewhere but it should be linked to this post. The original article of an increase in infections was a joke, someone tied it to the CDC and the American media machine showed it as actual news (obviously). I think a couple of morning show hosts even attempted a game.

More importantly, those of us who have ever played flip cup would never refer to it as flippy cup.

Anonymous Coward said...

Yeah I tried to look it up in snopes because it looked really dubious. Not that drinking game probably have led to transmission in the past, but it's just improbable that the CDC would bother with it...

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