Gonorrhea is a bacterial STI, meaning it can be treated with antibiotics. However, like any other
bacteria, gonorrhea mutates. Over time, the bacteria continues to mutate as it is treated by
antibiotics and slowly the bacteria becomes resistant to treatment. This mutation has lead to
Super Gonorrhea, a strain of bacteria that is resistant to all treatments. Essentially, this means
that anyone who contracts this strain has to live with gonorrhea for the rest of their life. That is
definitely not super.
So how do we prevent the spread of Super Gonorrhea and the creation of more super STIs?
Follow these tips.
1. Protect yourself!
The best way to protect yourself from STIs is to use barrier methods. These methods prevent
fluid to fluid contact and skin to skin contact and the transmission of bacteria and viruses.
Barrier methods include external condoms, internal condoms, and dental dams.
2. Get tested!
If you are sexually active, you should get tested every six months. This is to ensure that you
stay clean and get treated when you have an infection.
3. Ask your partners when they were last tested!
Knowing you are clean is only half the battle, you also have to know the status of your partners.
The best way to do this is to be open and honest with your partner. Make sure you are
nonjudgmental and supportive. You can even go get tested together.
If you want more information about Super Gonorrhea or other STIs, come visit our clinic every
Friday in Health Promotion at the Tang Center from 12pm-3pm.
Stay safe and sexy!