The world already has enough problems, but we can add one more to the pile: super gonorrhea (or as we like to call it, S-Gon). A group of international scientists recently announced this new strain of the world’s most common sexually transmitted infection that is resistant to drugs and is a “possible precursor to a global health scare.”
Wrap it up
Condoms remain effective against gonorrhea and most other STDs, according to Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D., guide for sexually transmitted diseases for about.com. “Use condoms,” Boskey says. “Use them all the time. Use them with all of your partners. Use them consistently and use them correctly.” So make sure to strap a helmet on your soldier before you go off to battle.
Get tested. A lot.
Boskey suggests that if you are not in a long-term, monogamous relationship and you have multiple partners, then you should get tested for STDs as often as possible. “It’s a good idea to ask your partners when was the last time they were screened,” Boskey advises. As for how to broach that awkward subject, we suggest a more subtle approach than, “Are you diseased?”
No sex overseas
Ever wanted to go to another country, find an international hottie and have all kinds of crazy bilingual sex? Too bad. Boskey suggests avoiding sex while travelling internationally. Scientists discovered the new super gonorrhea in Japan, and for now our borders are safe. “While there is a problem with antibiotic resistance in the US, the CDC has not yet found any completely untreatable cases of gonorrhea in the U.S.,” Boskey notes.
Don’t assume that you’re OK
Even though it doesn’t burn when you pee, you might still be infected. “Men should be aware that they can be infected with gonorrhea and other STDs and not have any symptoms,” Boskey says. So remember our second tip and get tested. Which leads to our last bit of advice…
Do not fear the Q-tip swab
Most men cringe at the prospect of a doctor sticking cotton up the pipe and swabbing. The good news is that gonorrhea and Chlamydia do not necessarily require such an invasive procedure. “Most of the time you can pee in a cup and there’s no need for any uncomfortable swabbing,” Boskey says. Call your physician first because not all doctors allow that method. Hopefully your doctor is cool enough to provide the easy way out.