The Myth of the Magnum
Oct 2011 22

The Myth of the MagnumComments Off on The Myth of the Magnum

Posted In blog,Brittnee

Its obvious Trojan condoms have a great advertising company. We can all recall the Trojan evolve commercials (with the pigs) and now their new commercials talking about the amazingness of their fire and ice condoms (I don’t know how I feel about a burning cold sensation down in my vagina – but hey…to each it’s own).

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Spotlight STI – Chlamydia
Feb 2012 02

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Posted In blog,Brittnee

Well, it’s February (where has the time gone) so to keep with my promise of spotlighting an STI each month today’s post is given to…you guessed it. Chlamydia.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is known as the “silent” disease, simply because the majority of individuals infected have no symptoms or signs of infection. The bacterium that causes Chlamydia is known as Chlamydia trachomatis which can damage reproductive organs (more so in women than men) if not treated.

What you need to know about Chlamydia is that it is common, you can get tested, and it is treatable.

Like all other STIs Chlamydia is spread through sexual contact and not casual contact. It is very rare that bacteria will spread through oral sex. However, using a barrier method of contraception (such as a dental dam) provides some additional safety in preventing transmission. As for vaginal and anal sex, use latex or female condoms in order to reduce the chances of getting or spreading Chlamydia.

Since Chlamydia is a bacterial infection when diagnosed your healthcare provided with give you antibiotics. It is important that you complete the medication and talk to your partner about getting tested to insure that you don’t continue to pass the infection from one another. Most health care providers will recommend that you have a follow-up test in 3 to 4 months to insure that the infection has cleared up.

Its seems that there is a laundry list of symptoms that most individuals are likely not to experience but in the unfortunate case that you do…here they are:

For Women For Men
Abdominal painAbnormal vaginal dischargeA yellowish discharge

Strong smell/odor

Bleeding between menstrual periods

Low-grade fever

Pain or a burning feeling while using the bathroom

Swelling inside the vagina or around the anus

The urge to urinate more often

Vaginal bleeding after sex

If left untreated in women can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Pain or burning while using the bathroomPus, watery, or milky discharge from penisSwollen or tender testicles

Swelling around the anus

If left untreated in men can cause epididymitis


Valentine’s Day in coming up…and I don’t think Chlamydia is on anyone’s wishlist (so #gyt)


Planned Parenthood



Feb 2012 14


Posted In blog,Brittnee

I know I said I would only talk about STIs once a month, but I couldn’t resist the chance to talk about Gonorrhea given its recent appearance in the news. But before we get to the good stuff, let me layout the background information.

Gonorrhea is a bacterium STI that is very common in the United States. Caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae – gonorrhea multiplies and reproduces quickly in the moist reproductive tracks of both men and women.

Just within the United States, the CDC estimates that there are more than 700,000 new gonorrheal infections reported each year. Meaning we could fill the Ford Field Lions Stadium almost 11 times, or the Big House Football Stadium 6 times! Considering that The Big House is one of the largest football stadiums is collegiate sports…that is a ton people #justsaying.

So, what are the symptoms of Gonorrhea?! You guessed it…

Most of the symptoms in men and women are nonexistent, and gonorrhea is spread by contact with an infected person and their fluids (remember it’s like moist areas). The main point here is that there doesn’t have to be ejaclate or cum in order for the infection to be passed from person to person. With that said, the bacterium can grow in the vaginal track, the penis, mouth, throat, eyes, or anus (which is all reported by the CDC, however, the numbers of cases of eye gonorrheal infections are probably rare).

If symptoms do appear they are slightly different in men than in women. Men may experience a burning feeling while using the bathroom, painful or swollen testicles, or a white/yellow/green discharge from the penis. While women also experience a burning sensation while peeing, and an unusual vaginal discharge*. They may also experience bleeding between periods, and the symptoms may be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection.

When gonorrhea goes untreated it can also cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to further complications in women’s reproductive organs. In men it can cause epididymitis. Both of these are also a result of chlamydia – the bacterial STI that we discussed earlier this month.

Although this seems a tad be frightening, normally when tested for STIs, you can rest assured you are being tested for the four most common STIs at your local clinic. Namely; chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV/AIDS.

And because gonorrhea is a bacterial infection (like Chlamydia) there are antibiotics that can be prescribed to treat and cure the infection. However, re-infection is always a possibility if exposed to another infected person.

So, I just stated gonorrhea is curable…right…well that is indeed true – to an extent. Recently, the CDC has confirmed that there have been cases in the United States of antibiotic resistant strains of gonorrhea. And while we do have medications to treat this STI it is becoming more difficult because it seems that gonorrhea is evolving as rapidly as the medicine we are using to cure it. (One more reason to wear a rubber :D)

I know I know…it’s Valentines Day, but frankly gonorrhea doesn’t care what day it is!!

*Note: that vaginal discharge is normal for most women given the course of their menstrual cycle. However, if you believe that your discharge is abnormal in texture and/or smell, and is more than normal please consultant a health care provider.



CDC- Gonorrhea Fact Sheet

Making the Right Choice
Apr 2014 15

Making the Right ChoiceComments Off on Making the Right Choice

Posted In blog,Elan Shoulders,Featured Story

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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