Is Gonorrhea Here to Stay?
Apr 2014 08

Is Gonorrhea Here to Stay?Comments Off on Is Gonorrhea Here to Stay?

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For some, the constant reminder to get tested for STDs helps them stay on top of their game and for others it may be an annoyance. Despite whatever your opinion of STD testing reminders, it is important that you stay up to date on potential consequences of unprotected sex.
Up until recently, all strains of Gonorrhea were able to be treated and cured with antibiotics. However, there is a new strain of Gonorrhea that cannot yet be cured. In 2012, Genesee County had the second highest rate of gonorrhea in the state of Michigan.

In order to protect yourself consider putting some of the tips below to practice:
1. Though unrealistic for some, abstinence is the only way to remain 100% Gonorrhea free.
2. Establish a monogamous sexual relationship. This means that you and your partner don’t have any other sex partners.
3. Get tested together. This is important so that the sexual relationship starts healthy.
4. Use a LATEX condom for all types of sex including oral, anal, and vaginal. Animal skin condoms allow for the bacteria to pass and don’t protect you from disease.
5. Dental Dams can be used for oral sex to the vagina or anus. You can buy them when you buy your condoms or make your own by cutting open a condom!
6. If sharing sex toys, be sure to use condoms on those as well because Gonorrhea can be spread on through sexual devices.
7. Do Not have sex if you or your partner have been experiencing symptoms of Gonorrhea which include burning sensation while urinating, unusual discharge, pain during sex, and painful or swollen testicles for men. In this case, go get tested together!


Making the Right Choice
Apr 2014 15

Making the Right ChoiceComments Off on Making the Right Choice

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Black doctor treating patient in hospitalPreparing to receive the results after a HIV or STI test can be nerve wracking. Your mouth is dry and your palms are sweaty but you are glad you were able to work up the confidence to get the tests done. You had been concerned about one slip up without a condom a few weeks ago with a new partner and decided to go to your local clinic.

As the nurse enters the room, your gut tells you the news isn’t good. She lets you know that one of your tests came back positive and that a round of antibiotics should clear it up. Though sad, you are relieved that it is a disease that is curable and vow to yourself that there will be no more slip ups. As you wait on your prescription, other thoughts begin to flood your mind. Where did I get this STI? Should I tell anyone? How would I even start that conversation with previous or current partners?

These thoughts are very common and may be one of the toughest things you’ll have to do. In order to prevent the spread of disease, you have to let other people know that they may have been exposed. On the other hand, feelings of anxiety and embarrassment, and even anger, may make it difficult to speak about the situation.

Thankfully, with technology it has become a tad easier to deliver news that may make you feel uncomfortable. There are now several apps that allow you to let folks know they may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection and still remain anonymous. Below are the apps:

Don’t Spread It (email and text-based)
InSPOT (e-card based) (ecards)
So They Can Know (email-based) (email-based)

By no means is revealing something like this easy, but it is the right thing to do.

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