Female reproductive hormones may play a role in the spread of the bed bug, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.
A University of California, Berkeley researcher found that a high percentage of women who came in contact with bed bugs were infected with the bugs, and they also had high levels of circulating hormones in their blood.
This is a big problem, said study co-author Andrew J. Ruggles, an associate professor of biological sciences and dean of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education.
It’s important to note that the researchers used data from people who had no symptoms of bed bugs, so they didn’t test for infection before and after the visits.
But this study does show that the bed bugs can be transmitted, especially if women are exposed to them while having sex.
This means that people who are at high risk of getting bed bugs may be at risk of having them transmit to their partners.
Risks of transmitting bed bugs to partners While the study found that most women who visited the bed-bug lab had high amounts of circulating estrogen in their bodies, it also showed that this could also have a direct impact on the spread.
This meant that the women who reported having been sexually active, having had multiple sex partners, and/or having an HIV status higher than 25% were at increased risk for transmission of the bugs.
Women who had unprotected sex, had sex with multiple partners, or had been previously infected with HIV had higher risk.
The researchers also found that the same women who had more sex partners had higher levels of hormone levels.
This could mean that women who have more sex may have higher levels than other women, and this could be particularly important in the case of sexually active women.
The hormones also seem to be responsible for helping women get pregnant, which is particularly important for people with multiple sex and HIV status.
In other words, the women with higher levels were more likely to be able to conceive a child with HIV, and more likely than other couples to have an HIV-positive partner, Ruggels told Ars.
This may help explain why women who are less likely to have a partner who is HIV-negative are more likely not to become pregnant, he said.
While the new study did not address whether other factors might be involved, there are a few possible explanations for the finding.
One is that sex is a key factor in determining pregnancy rates in couples.
However, sex can be complicated, and couples can be heterosexually monogamous.
There are also things like the way in which a woman experiences her menstrual cycle that can influence her chances of pregnancy.
“It’s important for us to recognize that this study just shows that there are potential consequences of having sex,” Ruggs said.
“But it also shows that we need to be more vigilant about sex education and more proactive about getting women tested for bed bugs.”
It’s also important to remember that the rise in bed bugs has been a relatively recent phenomenon, and the study was conducted in the early 2020s, so bed bugs are still around.
While bed bugs have been found to be in increasing numbers in the United States, the researchers noted that this is likely due to the prevalence of antiretroviral drugs and other strategies to treat HIV.
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.