Lisa Frankenstein‘s got an itch that something might be wrong, but how was she supposed to know that it was scabies?!
MPact has teamed up with St James Infirmary and TrishTV for our #AnalAboutMyHealth campaign on sexual health featuring Bay Area drag performers sharing personal testimonials about their experiences with sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We’re breaking down stigma about contracting, living with, and seeking treatment for STIs – and who better to help than drag queens!
Some things you may not know about Scabies:
- Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin disease caused by an infestation by scabies mites — tiny, insect-like parasites that infect the top layer of your skin. Scabies can be contracted from skin-to-skin contact and sometimes even from bedding, clothes and furniture
- Signs and symptoms of scabies include Itching which often worse at night and can be severe and intense. When the mite burrows into the skin, it forms burrow tracks, or lines, which are most commonly found in skin folds, and resemble rashes, hives, bites, knots, pimples, or patches of scaly skin.
- Scabies mites are microscopic in size. The female will burrow into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs, which begins the infestation
- Since scabies is a parasitic infection, ot can only be cured with prescription medications that kill the mites. Treatment is a cream or lotion that is applied to the entire body from the neck down in most cases. It is left on for 8 to 14 hours and then washed off. In some cases, a doctor may prescribe pills to treat scabies.
- To prevent re-infestation and to prevent the mites from spreading to other people, take these steps: Clean all clothes and linen. Use hot, soapy water to wash all clothing, towels and bedding used within three days before beginning treatment. Dry with high heat.
As always, we encourage everyone to be anal about their health by getting tested for STIs regularly at a local clinic.
Do you have a butt? Learn more about how to take your sexual health into your own hands with our handy guide to anal health.
MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights (formerly known as MSMGF or The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) was founded in 2006 by a group of activists concerned about the disproportionate HIV disease burden shouldered by men who have sex with men. MPact works at the intersection of sexual health and human rights, and is linked to more than 120 community-based organizations in 62 countries who are fighting for the sexual health and human rights of gay and bisexual men around the world.
About St James Infirmary
St. James Infirmary is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and their families. We exist to provide free, compassionate, and non-judgmental healthcare and social services for Sex Workers (current or former) of all genders and sexual orientations while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services.
Trish is a collective of drag performers and visual artists in the Bay Area founded in 2017 by Cash Monet & Mama Celeste. Trish’s goal is to expand the art of drag beyond the nightclub stage through video production, print publications, art installations and new media. Trish believes that drag can be a vehicle for social change as it provides a platform to not only entertain but engage conversations on gender, race, sexuality, self-expression, politics, culture and the many systems that oppress us.