FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 4, 2016
“Dr. Maclin, Medical Advisor for Spire Sanctioning Alliance, LLC, MMA Sanctioning Body, appoints Dr. Otha Myles, Managing Owner of Myles Medical Consulting, as the new Associate Medical Advisor for Infectious Diseases.”
St. Louis, MO, January 5 , 2016– The SPIRE MMA Sanctioning Body is taking the very brave step to institute mandatory testing for HIV, Hepatitis B Surface Antigen and Hepatitis C (the Fighter Panel) for amateurs competing in Missouri. Many of you may recognize the very serious nature of these blood borne viral diseases, which can A-be contracted through skin contact, B-stay viable outside the body for days at a time and C-can cause serious risks to your health and longevity. And it is not only the fighters that are at risk. Everyone who comes in contact with an exposed fighter is at risk (other competitors, teammates, coaches, cornermen, cut men, referees, ringside doctors, ringside fans and even family members and friends). Testing is the standard in professional sports and in the healthcare community. It takes only a cursory Google search to find out how dangerous these diseases can be.
As a former fighter, I personally believe that no fighter will intentionally continue to compete knowing he/she is positive. However, I am concerned for the competitor who is infected but unaware of his/her status. All of these disease may remain asymptomatic for some time, and by the time the individual starts to show symptoms their health is seriously compromised. In the past 25 years I have seen some truly miraculous achievements in viral research, diagnosis and treatment. With treatment HIV can be managed better than diabetes, and Hepatitis C can be cured. Because of this I am very proud to introduce a close and personal friend for over 30 years and medical colleague who has agreed to serve as the Infectious Disease Medical Ambassador for the MMA community. Dr. Myles has agreed to counsel and guide the individual into the appropriate treatment program, regardless of insurance coverage.
Dr. Otha Myles is an Infectious Disease physician with more than 18 years of experience in HIV/AIDS research, prevention, care and treatment. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He was trained in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the National Capitol Consortium of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. His last duty position, after thirteen years of service and achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, was Deputy Director of Epidemiology and Threat Assessment for the U.S. Military HIV Research Program in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to moving to the St. Louis area he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Myles is currently credentialed and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in medical group Mercy Clinic.
Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease – Medical Tower B 7018B
621 S. New Ballas Road, Tower B
Saint Louis, MO 63141-8256
Phone: (314) 251-4949
While it is hoped that we will have very minimal need for the help of Dr. Myles, we are prepared to help those who need help. I am fearful for the fighter who discovers his/her status and is lost to the appropriate management for lack of direction to turn.
Melvin M. Maclin, II, M.D.
Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery
ARP/ACSM Certified Ringside Physician