There are reports out now that Gonorrhea is on the rise in Washington (and everywhere else). It’s up 40% here, health officials at the Washington Dept of Heath report.
Gonorrhea is the second most common STI in Washington, after Chlamydia. The hardest hit demographic is young adults. The rise is attributed to not using condoms and using them improperly, and the prevalence of unprotected oral sex.
So.. am I gonna stop having sex? Uh. No.
There are two big errors of thinking that occur with something like this statistic. One is that we all want to think that the bad things only happen to other people. “I’m 33 and that doesn’t apply to me” and “I was tested last year and so was my partner and we are good”, “I only sleep with educated white people” or “I’m in the NSPP and we are all poly and all safe”. This is all NONSENSE.
Another main error is the thinking that we are immune because we take this or that safety measure. “I use condoms with new partners” or “I ask people if they are tested” or “I go on a few dates with someone before anything happens and we always have ‘the chat'”. This is also NONSENSE. These are good things to do but they don’t equal immunity. If you have sex you are taking a risk.