Anyone else catch this article by NY Daily News? Super Gonorrhea? Ut oh…
It appears that there’s a new strain of “the clap” going around… which leaves no room for applause. This strain of gonorrhea isn’t like the others. Typically gonorrhea is identified by painful urination, abdominal discomfort and some discharge. While not everyone with “the clap” knows they have it – if your symptoms do appear it’s pretty obvious. However with this new strain, many of the symptoms lie dormant – especially the obvious one – painful urination.
Read the full article on “super gonorrhea”
What’s The Big Deal about Gonorrhea?
This new strain of gonorrhea hasn’t yet been found in the U.S. according to the article, but the problem is that it’s been resistant to antibiotics so far. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are two STDs that are generally treatable with medication unlike herpes or HIV, which have no cure. So having a new strain not only causes problems now (it keeps spreading without a way to cure it) – but in the future too (like “normal” gonorrhea, if it goes undetected, fertility and high-risk pregnancies are on the line.)
How to I Prevent Gonorrhea?
As with any STD, the best way to prevent getting one is abstinence. Also, limiting sexual partners will reduce your risk of contracting an STD, especially one like super gonorrhea. If you are engaged in sexual activity, practice safe sex by use of a latex condom. Dental dams for oral intercourse may also eliminate your risk. Conventional birth control will NOT protect against STD contraction. With an STD named “super,” you want to do everything you can to keep this bad boy away.
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