Heads up guys! Whereas 30 to 50% of TSS patients are women, TSS can affect men as well. For women, it is said that super-absorbent tampons dry out the skin and cause cracks that allow the bacteria to enter the bloodstream. For men, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream through surgery. Other ways that men can contract TSS is through burns, open wounds, and the use of a prosthetic. Men and women that have the chicken pox or the flu are at an increased risk for developing TSS.
In a nutshell, other than tampon usage, men and women can contract TSS in the same way.