3 Dead in Meningitis Outbreak in LA’s Gay Community

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A deadly meningitis outbreak in Los Angeles has claimed the lives of 3 men in the gay community, the LA Times reports.

The LA County health department announced earlier this week that eight cases of invasive meningococcal disease have been diagnosed in the county so far this year

Officials said 4 of the cases were men who have sex with men. 3 of them died. The county will provide free vaccinations to those without health insurance.

A similar meningitis outbreak spread rapidly among promiscuous men who practice unsafe sex with men in NY in 2013.

Meningitis is spread through coughing and sneezing and intimate contact in close quarters, such as in gay bath houses and gay bars.

Invasive meningococcal disease is caused by a virus that attacks the linings of the skull, spinal cord and brain.

Signs and symptoms include high fever, intense headaches, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, stiff neck, muscle rigidity, and joint aches.

Activities associated with high risk for invasive meningococcal disease include smoking, close contact with an infected person such as kissing or sharing beverages or cigarettes, and living in group settings for prolonged periods.

The incubation period is short. Symptoms usually appear within 5 days of exposure.

According to Robert Bolan, medical director at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, the infection rate is higher among gay men who practice unsafe sex and especially higher among those gays who are HIV positive.

“I think the important thing to understand is this is not an epidemic,” Bolan said. “But there’s a pretty strong signal that men who have sex with men, at least those who are HIV positive, are at increased risk for invasive meningococcal disease.”

Bolan said three of the cases involved gay men who were HIV positive.

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    73 Responses to “3 Dead in Meningitis Outbreak in LA’s Gay Community”

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      :facepalm:

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      Anyone with a low immune system can get this :yes:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      Offtopic: I might need to leave. Feel some typea way. :eyeroll:

      Sandra, let me go find us some gossip gal.. :pc:

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      San ah make ya dance says:

      Plz don’t lick a$$ then kiss :nono:

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      User Friendly says:

      :lol: lawd a murcy (shabba ranks voice)

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      Bolan said three of the cases involved gay men who were HIV positive.
      =============
      :thinking: The 4th person. Is it a straight man or a straight woman? Were they HIV positive? :eek:

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      Officials said 4 of the cases were men who have sex with men.
      ______________

      :facepalm:
      …why was this relevant? Reminds of that yt woman in Europe that thought yt people couldn’t get AIDS.

      :no: <<<smh

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      Just Looking says:

      Here we go :scared: these virus are going to mess up my summa plans. I am not fond of traveling with mask and gloves.

      Really dont’ care what you sexual orientation is, just practice safe sex and hand washing.

      Not too sure what else to say :kona:

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      Buttercup says:

      Bolan said three of the cases involved gay men who were HIV positive.
      ==========
      Gotcha. I couldn’t find the correlation at first, but this adds a little clarity.

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      Im going to a lottery tonite to get my daughter into Kindergarten. the expected turnout is in the hundreds. Im not sure how this rumor got started but black ppl and even single mother
      ————-
      @User: I said some people. Not black people. Hit dog —holler. I was mainly speaking about the parents I see in schools complaining about things like the teachers not doing XYZ but don’t attend anything or want to take the time to DO THE EDUCATION :lol: themselves at home. And they come in all shades. Let’s not act like all single mothers, two parent households, etc are all standing in line like you. If they were then the world would be a better place.

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      Coworkers who come to your desk after you didn’t answer their email though. :lol: :facepalm:

      Me: Morning..answer still the same. *continues typing*
      Him: I didn’t… get..an answer?
      Me: *looks up from screen* :eek:

      Him: Kay, catch up with you later. :kona:

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      User Friendly says:

      Activities associated with high risk for invasive meningococcal disease include smoking, close contact with an infected person such as kissing or sharing beverages or cigarettes, and living in group settings for prolonged periods.
      ___________________________

      but this doesnt….

      n’er mind :kona:

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      Confused about this post. Thanks for it though.
      Confused about comments in the last one.
      Tried to lighten it up with Mary Mary.
      I think I am just going to rock and pass peas :kona:

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      I am not fond of traveling with mask
      ==================
      :chase: You BETTER do what thee fudge they tell you to do! Yo! It’s not a joke :nono:

      It’s life or death! :eek:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      Lupita Nyong’o: the new face of Lancôme
      _____________

      :love:

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      @OTB: it’s one of those I wish a MF would days for me here. Just for no reason though. I am tired :lol;

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      Confused about this post.
      :cuss: Yew wouldn’t be saying that if FOOD WAS INVOLVED! :mad:

      :rofl:

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      Who Dat says:

      They got meningitis vs pank eye? Dayum. That sucks. RIP :sad:

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      DTTS :chase:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      Lupita Nyong’o: the new face of Lancôme
      _____________

      :love:

      I saw that this morning! I like it! :yes:
      San needs to make her shirts :eek:

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      User Friendly says:

      @User: I said some people. Not black people. Hit dog —holler.
      ________________

      it was implied heffa! :nana: and dont be calling me no dog neither :karate:

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      Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake says:

      @Taken I saw Mary Mary last night. I was mad at the momma and Erica. And I would of had to divorce Teddy. Period.

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      Buttercup says:

      I didn’t finish watchin Mary Mary last night. Lil Butter tried to read me to sleep before his bedtime, but I was not about to miss Scandal. I love to hate Mama Pope and Daddy Pope.

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      Me: Morning..answer still the same. *continues typing*
      Him: I didn’t… get..an answer?
      Me: *looks up from screen* :eek:

      Him: Kay, catch up with you later. :kona:

      __________________________

      ^^^goes somewhere near the top of list of things i can do without

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      @User: SHEDDUP :chase: :hugs: :lol:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      I think I am just going to rock and pass peas :kona:
      _______________

      I think the proper action would be to “rock and shell peas”. :think: Passing peas would mean you want someone else to eat them, because you feel a talking to is necessary but you have maybe been warned to love your login..? :think:

      When Sofia say Pass me them peas… “she ready” :lol: Oh I guess that is right then. You just wanna watch? :hahaha:

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      Just Looking says:

      :waves: @ DTTS It’s on it’s way :popcorn:

      :bounce: :danban1: :danban: :happy:

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      Who Dat says:

      Coworkers who come to your desk after you didn’t answer their email though.
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Part pisses ME off is when somebody sit LITERALLY arm distance from you…and send you a dayum email. Fugg yo LIFE. If you cant turn yo azz ’round and AXE me XXX?

      Fugg em.

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      Buttercup says:

      I cain’t stand OTB :chase: :lol:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      @OTB: it’s one of those I wish a MF would days for me here. Just for no reason though. I am tired :lol;
      ____________

      :rofl: No wonder you passing peas! No no! You need to eat up!

      :popcorn: Tell the folk how tyred..

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      Yea Erica used to be my favorite but now I see her in a different light. I think her and Warren are the new Ike and Tina on the low. We call Warren Ike at my house :lol: She looks scared of him. Oh and her new song :no:
      She ended time to grieve. Even of she didn’t do the article she still would’ve been in pain. She needs her family. Not her business partners. They are all like look we gotta eat!
      Reminds me of someone. She always wanna eat :kona:

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      *starts shelling peas* :huh: <My I am tired of shelling peas face
      I just woke up not in the mood to work fren. And I got a busy day. Up until 1. But I ain't having it. I been in the stairwell phone posting cause I am tired of people at my desk :hahaha:
      Catch me if you can :kona:
      #TEAMLEO

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      @OTB: it’s one of those I wish a MF would days for me here. Just for no reason though. I am tired :lol;

      _______________________________

      oh, so that’s not every day, for you… *searches for Tonex, Lord Make Me Over on playlist* :pray: :nun:

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      oh, so that’s not every day, for you… *searches for Tonex, Lord Make Me Over on playlist*
      ———
      :rofl: ain’t nobody trying to hear the TPain of gospel :stop:
      And no it’s not ery-day. I am classy :tea:

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      Just Looking says:

      Passing peas would mean you want someone else to eat them, because you feel a talking to is necessary but you have maybe been warned to love your login..? :think:
      ____________
      Excuse me :ghost: :rofl:

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      GAGIRL87 says:

      Teddy ain’t shyt how many affairs were there exactly??? I feel for Tina man infidelity sucks :(

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      If you cant turn yo azz ’round and AXE me XXX?
      ___________________

      :crying1: I author my dept’s SOP. Like aint but Me + 3 in my “dept.” Dude sit bout *looks over* 20 feet from me. Calls hisself finding some “out of date” standards linked to the document. Ok. No biggie…let the author know. Right? :no:

      No. You email ummmm somebody else? and say you dont know who to direct it to. Lady he sends that to is our skinfolk. Older tho. Aint got time for niceties. She reply, “XXX right behind you, to the left” and copied me on it. :facepalm:

      Oh. Kicker? Standards still applicable. :facepalm:

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      Buttercup says:

      I still like Erica…a little. I don’t think Warren goes upside her head, I just see her making an effort to let her husband lead. I’m guilty of this. We’ll discuss something. We both make our points. Honey Dip makes the final decision. It’s so hard to not say “told ya so” when he didn’t listen to me though :hahaha:

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      @JL: she gave me a dissection on font pea passing :ghost:
      I was staring like :thinking: Did I use it wrong. Then I acted it out with my hands shelling vs passing and was like nah I still wanna pass them I’m mad *crosses arms and let’s the bowl drop*

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      trick Daddy Mugshot :facepalm:

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      GAGIRL87 says:

      Keya & Taken

      So did Warren have an affair too bc he told Teddy he’s been in his shoes before and he understands??? :shrugs:

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      Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake says:

      Yea Erica used to be my favorite but now I see her in a different light. I think her and Warren are the new Ike and Tina on the low. We call Warren Ike at my house She looks scared of him. Oh and her new song
      She ended time to grieve. Even of she didn’t do the article she still would’ve been in pain. She needs her family. Not her business partners. They are all like look we gotta eat!
      ————–
      I don’t like Warren at all. I don’t think he cares too much about Tina and her situtation. Your right he is an Ike. Erica…if I was Tina I would of told her off. Don’t answer the phone for him and don’t tell me what you are not going to tell him. Why is the momma trying to tell her to stay with him. Just suck it up I guess, but naw. You were cheating on me 90% of our relationship, and now you want me to say what and do what?

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      Just Looking says:

      Part pisses ME off is when somebody sit LITERALLY arm distance from you…and send you a dayum email. Fugg yo LIFE. If you cant turn yo azz ’round and AXE me XXX?

      Fugg em.
      _______________

      Lazy

      Got a young lady who does that, but she don’t like me :shrug:

      No surprise huh? :smile:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      *starts shelling peas* :huh: <My I am tired of shelling peas face
      I just woke up not in the mood to work fren. And I got a busy day. Up until 1. But I ain't having it. I been in the stairwell phone posting cause I am tired of people at my desk :hahaha:
      Catch me if you can :kona:
      #TEAMLEO
      ___________________

      :rofl: I am finna leave you alone like 7 comments ago! :rofl:

      *raises hands to show I come in peace*

      I feel ya Sis. :hug:

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      It’s ON! A legit parent fight :duel:
      *removes the velvet red rope*

      :rofl:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      I cain’t stand OTB :chase: :lol:
      ____________

      Guhhhhllll +1 :hahaha:

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      Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake says:

      Keya & Taken

      So did Warren have an affair too bc he told Teddy he’s been in his shoes before and he understands???
      ————
      Yup :tea: But I don’t think it was as bad as Teddy

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      *launches 3 peas and two pagan eggs* :lol:
      ============
      COOKING :hug:
      ————–
      *hip checks MsTake* :hahaha: #getoutthestairWELL :hahaha:

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      @Buttercup: my husband is the head of household too. He consults with me but ultimately I try to step back let him lead. Sometimes I fail :oops:
      Warren seems sneaky to me….

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      oh, so that’s not every day, for you… *searches for Tonex, Lord Make Me Over on playlist*
      ———
      :rofl: ain’t nobody trying to hear the TPain of gospel :stop:
      And no it’s not ery-day. I am classy :tea:
      _________________

      “Wendi Henderson Wyatt” :heart: On YouTube.

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      Buttercup says:

      GAGirl, you weren’t fonting to me, but I’m all up the koolaid. :yes: I think Warren cheated on Erica too. On one of the first episodes, Erica said that she’s been exactly where Tina is so she understands. LSA said that Erica had her time with Tank too :coffee: Now, I ain’t the one to gossip, so you ain’t hear that from me.

    54. 54

      “TPain”
      _____________

      *clutches Tonex’s pearls* (yeah, he wear ‘em)… um, that’s Prince to you! :rolleyes:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      she gave me a dissection on font pea passing :ghost:
      I was staring like :thinking: Did I use it wrong. Then I acted it out with my hands shelling vs passing and was like nah I still wanna pass them I’m mad *crosses arms and let’s the bowl drop*
      __________________

      :crying1: Dont be mad. :rofl: :rofl: I needed to read more! Im sorry LMAO

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      Just Looking says:

      GAGIRL87 says:

      Keya & Taken

      So did Warren have an affair too bc he told Teddy he’s been in his shoes before and he understands??? :shrugs:
      =============
      Yes, I think Luvn said that Erica had a thing with Tank and the mouth breather Wo got him sum side bootay I think.

      Did you see when she had that fake cry talking to Mitch. I said this chic is ready for Broadway at least.

      Her little sister is not the cutest, her husband is a cutie. She better act right, them girls hip spread like margarine on hot toast after a baby. She destined for HUGE.

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      OTB :hugs: I am cool now. I can’t stay mad long. I can hold a grudge tho :blink:
      I am back at my desk :rofl: and YOU… My flutes hurt. Not from squatting .. I went to the track at a local middle school and walked yesterday. I know you familiar with walking tracks… :kona:

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      Buttercup says:

      Warren seems sneaky to me….
      ======
      :cosign: and he looks like the sloth, Sid, from Ice Age.

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      Lady he sends that to is our skinfolk. Older tho. Aint got time for niceties. She reply, “XXX right behind you, to the left” and copied me on it. :facepalm:
      _______________________________

      :blink: Lawd, i been cloned! :kona:

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      Her little sister is not the cutest, her husband is a cutie. She better act right, them girls hip spread like margarine on hot toast after a baby. She destined for HUGE.
      ———-
      Not for greatness!??! :ghost:

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      Buttercup says:

      GAGirl, you weren’t fonting to me, but I’m all up the koolaid.
      :stop: WatchyaSelf Buttercup! :kiss: GA
      :rofl: :rofl:

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      Just Looking says:

      my husband is the head of household too. but ultimately I run up and gets put back in place.

      :tea: :kona:

      Their fixed it for me…

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      I went to the track at a local middle school and walked yesterday.
      ————-
      :whistle: Better have my money :tea:

      :lol:

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      Buttercup says:

      :stop: WatchyaSelf Buttercup!
      ======
      :lol:

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      aRoTh says:

      OTB says:

      Calls hisself finding some “out of date” standards linked to the document.

      Standards still applicable
      __________________________________________

      Can’t STAND yt folks and their “busy” work. :facepalm:

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      Listen, that younger sister better meet me at somebody doorter’s school on the track later today because she better get down to a size 0 before she has kids because time and her family tree has shown that they triple in size post kids. Now I am NOT one to judge because I am on TEAMsnap byke myself but my mom is smaller than me. I can’t use kids as my excuse when it can come off. Have you seen Tina’s arms? I wonder who would win if her and Timbaland arm wrestled :kona:

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      Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake says:

      Warren seems sneaky to me….
      —————-
      And Shady, and rude, and mean, and a pain in the ass

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      Part pisses ME off is when somebody sit LITERALLY arm distance from you…and send you a dayum email.
      _______________________

      I actually prefer this. some people smell. some spit when they talk. some want to linger just to kill time. plus, i like to have a record of what i said as opposed to what you thought you heard, when it comes up again cause you messed up something, but that’s just me. :tea:

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      MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

      my husband is the head of household too. but ultimately I run up and gets put back in place.
      ___________________
      :hahaha: You said he done went upside my head for asking a question?
      Me: Is it okay if I buy myself a new pair of shoes for work?
      Mr: Didn’t I tell you to put some tape on them heels and carry yo blyke @$$ byke to work??? :cuss:
      Me: Yes sir *walks off stumbling in my taped kitten heels* :kona:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      Can’t STAND yt folks and their “busy” work. :facepalm:
      ______________

      !!! P! :eyeroll: I was gonna let it go but another coworker mentioned he was “slow”. :huh:

      Told him the SOP story and he was like, ” :blink: but.. he has plenty to do! Why is he self training on that?” (I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW IT WASN’T IN HIS TRAINING PLAN!!! You basically snooping or something!)

      ¯\_(?)_/¯ Crakka ass crakkas. :eyeroll:

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      missyJ says:

      Ain’t read the write up… was their gayness a contributing factor in contraction??

      Happy Friday errybody!

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