Comments on “Brain-altering parasite makes infected people MORE attractive to others, study says”

  1. Bill says:
    05/18/2022 at 10:56 PM

    Toxoplasma is NOT sexually transmitted. It is very dangerous in pregnant women and immunocompromised patients.

    1. Captain Fun says:
      05/19/2022 at 8:54 AM

      It is transmitted by cats. Mice infected with it will actually seek out cats. The Goa’uld parasite in the Stargate shows was modeled after this.

      1. Harry says:
        05/19/2022 at 2:48 PM

        Mice actually seek out cats who transmit it. The mice hope to have intercourse with the cats but of course, the cats draw them in and eat them. It’s also called the “free lunch syndrome”.

  2. Edgar says:
    05/19/2022 at 12:17 AM

    Legendary symptoms of the Cat Scratch fever

    1. JA says:
      05/19/2022 at 10:31 AM

      Cat Scratch is NOT caused by Toxoplasma, it is caused by by Bartonella henselae.

  3. Captain Fun says:
    05/19/2022 at 8:58 AM

    I should also have mentioned that people infected with it are generally those “crazy cat ladies” you read about. If you like cats, You probably are infected or are just a liberal.

  4. Gary says:
    05/19/2022 at 9:24 AM

    Or…. maybe the more attractive people have sex more often with more partners leading to contraction of the virus, rather than the virus leading to more attractive people? This is an idiotic study and further proof that “science” isn’t exactly Science any more.

    1. Bryan says:
      05/19/2022 at 2:59 PM


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      05/22/2022 at 1:46 PM


  5. Prickly Pitt says:
    05/19/2022 at 9:54 AM

    This research probably was written by an infected person

  6. Bob says:
    05/19/2022 at 10:04 AM

    Certainly seems like a stupid conclusion. How would a virus in one person affect the perception of another? If it is sexually transmitted, it would seem more obvious that those who can transmit it have more sex. Thus probably are more attractive already.

    1. toxobuttmosis says:
      05/19/2022 at 3:43 PM

      You have it backwards it affects phenotype expression that contributes to features that are already what we find attractive as a species such as androgenic features in men and symmetry. It sounds like if it’s contracted earlier in life it may actually make you slightly better looking. XD

  7. djsmps says:
    05/19/2022 at 11:29 AM

    Where might I inquire to get one of these parasites?

    1. Bjorleif says:
      05/19/2022 at 1:14 PM

      A good start would be to get a cat. They are the only animals where the parasite can undergo sexual reproduction.

    2. Nada says:
      05/19/2022 at 1:27 PM

      Go forage in your cat’s litterbox. The parasite is commonly spread to humans via exposure to infected cat feces.

    3. duncan Hindz says:
      05/19/2022 at 2:43 PM

      cleaning the cat box, be sure to not wear gloves and then eat with your hands.

  8. Blue Thunder says:
    05/19/2022 at 2:33 PM

    Clostridium botulinum does the same thing.

  9. Wolfiedude says:
    05/19/2022 at 3:00 PM

    Beer goggles do the same thing.

  10. NurseJoan says:
    05/19/2022 at 3:11 PM

    Not sure about these results. Smallish study sample & subjective. However, T. Gondii IS an STD & also spread by touching excreta of infected animals (or humans). Not sure why some of the reader comments are indicating this contagious parasite is not sexually transmissable. It’s very dangerous to pregnant women & their unborn babies (hydrocephalus, microcephaly, etc.); that’s why many OBs advise expectant moms to have someone else clean litter box. Check out CDC website.

  11. Trevor says:
    05/20/2022 at 11:54 AM

    Toxoplasmosis Gondii is also transmitted in raw or under-cooked meat. It is more common in cultures which consume raw meat, such as France and Thailand — both of which have relatively-high road-death rates … another ‘risk-taking’, behaviour-modification characteristic of the parasite. A premature death, in animals at least, meant that evolutionarily their meat — and the parasite — would continue its life cycle.

  12. Just a person says:
    05/20/2022 at 4:36 PM

    It is generally NOT transmissible from human to human (except from mother to child. It is also NOT a virus. Specifics matter, people:


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