Tick ​​bite: Only safe sex protects against ticks

Tick ​​bite: Only safe sex protects against ticks

"Summer, sun, tick bite": When the summer days are warm, many couples can imagine having sex outdoors. The tick information service warns, however, that this should definitely be “safe”. Safer is not only important to protect yourself from dangerous infectious diseases, but also from ticks.

Ticks lurk in the grass
If couples feel unobserved in the forest and meadows, they are not alone. “Ticks lurk in tall grass, in bushes and in the undergrowth. Although the small arachnids have no eyes, they recognize people by their smell. So that sex outdoors is really safe, open-air fans should also think about TBE vaccination in addition to condoms, ”said the experts. In many regions of Germany there is a high risk of being infected with early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE) by a tick bite. A relatively high risk exists mainly in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, in southern Hesse and in southeastern Thuringia. "But also occasionally in Central Hesse, Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony."

Safer: study the map before outdoor fun
Before the love affair can start, couples should have a look at the map of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). This is unromantic but safer. If you live mainly in the high-risk areas, you should consider vaccination. This is especially true if you spend a lot of time outdoors, as recommended by the Standing Vaccination Committee (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute. Vaccination should also be taken if you are only on vacation in the risk areas or are on short notice. People who live in TBE areas in Germany are entitled to reimbursement of the TBE vaccination from the statutory health insurers.

However, the warning comes relatively late. Even with a rapid immunization against TBE, it takes weeks until the vaccinated are protected from infection. Therefore, “outdoor enthusiasts” are better armed at first if the map of the RKI is observed. As a rule of thumb, the areas with the highest TBE risk are mainly in the south. (sb)
: Thorben Wengert / pixelio.de

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