I have heard it may be an STD in the same vein that Syphilis is, since both are spirochetes. My doctor dismissed this, and having perused the internet I did not see anything very credible to suggest otherwise.
But I thought I would post some links I found in a Lyme Group I belong to on Facebook (Christian Lyme Disease Support …. that’s what they’re called. However, I have not seen much Biblical things posted so don’t let that deter you from joining).
Here is one suggesting it may be contracted orally (through French kissing): http://www.martinimplants.com/oral-spirochetes.php
And another from a doctor saying it has been detected in semen and vaginal fluids: http://www.canlyme.com/sex.html
Some other sources (even some that are ambivalent about whether or not it could be sexually transmitted) suggest a large amount of co-occurring in sexual partners/cohabitants.
This contradicting information – including whether or not I continue to carry the bacteria after treatment – is dizzying. I just want to be responsible and do the right thing. Both my doctors maintain that I no longer carry it – but what about that bad Herx I experienced when I was on antibiotics for strep?