There is no way to “CLAP” back

There is no way to “CLAP” back

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can infect people of all genders. It can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, throat as well as other mucous membranes. It can also increase a person’s chance of contracting other STI’s and increase the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. Gonorrhea has many names such as: ‘the clap’ and ‘the drip,’ due to the discharge from the genitals, and ‘the dose,’ because people can be cured with a single dose of antibiotics.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis, testicles, or vagina.
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Anal itching or bleeding
  • Painful bowel movements

But, what if you couldn’t just “clap back” and be cured of the infection? In other words, what if the infection built a resistance to the antibiotics used to treat Gonorrhea? The If there becomes a resistance to the drug, this will complicate the ability for providers to treat gonorrhea. Since there are only a few antibiotic options left, there may be a chance that the infection can become resistant to those antibiotics as well. According to the CDC, 350,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported in 2014.

This drug resistance can cause some concerns for sexually active individuals, so it is important to make sure that you and your sexual partner(s) get tested.. The article “, states individuals under the age of 25 make up half of the new STI’s infection rate.This age group consists of young adults primarily in high school or college who are engaging in unprotected sexual activity. There are many ways to prevent the spread of gonorrhea. You can find all of these prevention methods at healthpromotion.gatech.edu/get-yourself-protected. It is important to engage your partners in conversations about STI’s and safer sex practices to help reduce the spread of gonorrhea or similar STI’s.

Georgia Tech Health Promotion G.Y.P. (Get Yourself Protected) was created to empower students to practice safer sex and make healthy decisions if they decide to be sexually active.  G.Y.P. provides free condoms and safer sex supplies available for students in Health Promotion, on the second floor of Stamps Health Services. Visit the Health Promotion G.Y.P. website to find information on requesting condoms, sexual health resources, and condom locations around campus.

So remember, get yourself tested, and stay protected!

-Ryan Wilkerson