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Zoophilia and health

    Infections that are transmitted from animals to humans are called Zoonosis|zoonoses Some of the more common zoonoses are listed at the [http://wwwcdcgov/NASD/docs/d000701-d000800/d000752/d000752html National Agricultural Safety Database (NASD)] and the [http://wwwcdcgov/ncidod/dpd/parasiticpathways/animalshtm Centers for Disease Control (CDC)] A few of these diseases may be transferred through casual contact but others are much more readily transferred by activities that expose humans to the semen vaginal fluids urine saliva feces and blood of animals This means that sexual activity with animals is, in some instances a high risk activity It is advisable for practitioners of zoophilia to assess their relative risk since risk varies for each species involved for each disease mentioned below (and others not mentioned) and for each region in the world
    Dog-to-human transmissible diseases according to the CDC
    Zoonosis Mode of transmission
    Canine brucellosis semen vaginal fluids urine
    Leptospirosis semen and urine
    Q fever (Coxiella burnetii) semen and urine (inter alia)
    Rabies saliva-to-mucous membrane
    Campylobacter (campylobacteriosis) fecal-oral
    Cryptosporidium (cryptosporidiosis) fecal-oral
    Giardia (giardiasis) fecal-oral
    Hookworm fecal-oral
    Salmonella (salmonellosis) fecal-oral
    Toxocariasis (dog roundworm) fecal-oral
    Dipylidium (tapeworm / flea tapeworm) flea
    Leishmania (leishmaniasis) sandfly
    Lyme Disease tick
    Ringworm contact
    Rocky Spotted Fever] tick

    Canine Brucellosis

    Brucellosis in humans is a potentially life-threatening multisystem disease that is extremely difficult to treat In many countries up to 10% of dogs carry this bacterium and even up to 427% in some provinces of China representing a major threat to the health of veterinarians and people who handle the blood or semen of infected animals In the USA there are only about 100 cases of human brucellosis diagnosedIt should be noted that the routine brucellosis test for humans does not test for Brucella canis only Brucella abortus per year (although some sources consider it underdiagnosed and underreported"family physicians are not well versed in recognizing and treating this potentially life-threatening condition Studies have shown that in the United States human brucellosis is underdiagnosed and underreported The reporting rate in some states ie, California has been as low as 10%" Human Brucellosis Journal of the American Board of Family Practice 2002 Sauret J, Vilissova N) but many other countries have much higher rates There are about 500000 animal-to-human infections a year worldwide according to the CDC High risk areas include the Mediterranean Basin (Portugal Spain Southern France Italy Greece Turkey North Africa) South and Central America Eastern Europe Asia Africa the Caribbean and the Middle East Dogs can be infected with Brucellosis without showing any signs or symptoms and infection can only be diagnosed with specific blood tests

    Other species-borne diseases

    Each animal species may carry a specific range of diseases that can be transmitted to man Some species such as horses carry emerging viral diseases in some regions of the world for example Hendra virus

    HIV

    HIV (the "AIDS" virus) originally a zoonosis acquired from animals in Africa only lives in primates (humans apes and monkeys) and is not believed to survive long in other species

    Allergic Reactions

    Sensitization and resulting allergic reactions to animal fluids such as semen can sometimes occur ranging from mild irritation to anaphylaxis Bestiality with sensitization and anaphylactic reaction Obstet Gynecol 1973;42:138-40 (Holden TE, Sherline DM) Allergies to pet hair and dander are very common

    Trauma bites and other physical injury

    Animals may be injured by humans through ignorance of physical differences forcefulness or, for female animals excessive friction or infection Humans may also be at substantial physical risk and seriously harmed by sexual activity with animals Larger animals may have the strength and defensive attributes (eg hooves teeth) to injure a human either in rejecting physical or sexual contact or in the course of sexual arousal For example the penis of a sexually aroused dog has a broad bulb at the base which can cause injury if forcibly pulled from a body orifice and equines can thrust suddenly and "flare"Bodil Joensen commented in a 1980s interview that "I was afraid to let other women do the same with the [1] as I. It requires a special technique When they cum their glans swells up, and it can split your vagina I have had some stitches once I didn't pull it out in time" and many animals bite as part of sexual excitement and foreplay In July 2005 a 45 year old aerospace engineer Kenneth Pinyan died in Enumclaw Washington from internal injury after being anally penetrated by a stallionPinyan was highly experienced at this activity Sources cited in that article add: "The prosecutor's office says no animal cruelty charges were filed the other man present because there was no evidence of injury to the horses" [2] [3]

    Pregnancy

    Humans and other animals cannot impregnate one another

    References

    See also

    • Animal behaviour
    • Zoophilia

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