Gonorrhea | Anal About My Health

Published: February 6, 2019

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Having a sexually transmitted infection can sometimes be scary and sometimes embarrassing, but sometimes it just makes for a great story!

If you’ve ever walked into the clinic and had the awkward conversation about last weekend’s debauchery with your doctor, you know that honesty is always the best policy.

MPact has teamed up with St James Infirmary and TrishTV for our #AnalAboutMyHealth campaign on sexual health featuring Bay Area drag performers sharing personal testimonials about their experiences with sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We’re breaking down stigma about contracting, living with, and seeking treatment for STIs – and who better to help than drag queens!

In the first episode of Anal About My Health’s STI series, San Francisco drag performer Mary Vice stars as GonorReba McEntire. In this harrowing tale of hot dogs and swollen gums, Mary learns that a sore throat can’t always be cured with cold medicine!

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#AnalAboutMyHealth is produced with support from Bridging the Gaps and Robert Carr Fund. Captioning courtesy of our partners at M-Coalition (Arabic & French) and SOMOSGay (Spanish)

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Some things you may not know Gonnorhea:

  • Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported communicable disease – almost 78 million new cases of Gonnorhea are diagnosed around the world each year
  • Many people do not experience symptoms from Gonnorhea, but symptoms can occur between 1-14 days of exposure to the infection
  • Gonnorhea is easily treated with antobiotics, but can lead to serious complications including PID, epididymitis, and infertility if left untreated.
  • A highly antibiotic resistant strain of Gonnorhea, commonly called “supergonnorhea” has become increasingly common, but can be easily prevented through condom use and regular testing.

For more information about Gonnorhea, check out these resources from the World Health Organization and US Center for Disease Control

As always, we encourage everyone to be anal about their health by getting tested for STIs regularly at a local clinic.

Do you have a butt? Learn more about how to take your sexual health into your own hands with our handy guide to anal health.

ANAL ABOUT MY HEALTH

Available to download in English | Russian | Arabic | French | Spanish | Portuguese |

About MPact

MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights (formerly known as MSMGF or The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) was founded in 2006 by a group of activists concerned about the disproportionate HIV disease burden shouldered by men who have sex with men. MPact works at the intersection of sexual health and human rights, and is linked to more than 120 community-based organizations in 62 countries who are fighting for the sexual health and human rights of gay and bisexual men around the world.

www.mpactglobal.org

About St James Infirmary

St. James Infirmary is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and their families. We exist to provide free, compassionate, and non-judgmental healthcare and social services for Sex Workers (current or former) of all genders and sexual orientations while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services.

www.stjamesinfirmary.org

About Trish

Trish is a collective of drag performers and visual artists in the Bay Area founded in 2017 by Cash Monet & Mama Celeste. Trish’s goal is to expand the art of drag beyond the nightclub stage through video production, print publications, art installations and new media. Trish believes that drag can be a vehicle for social change as it provides a platform to not only entertain but engage conversations on gender, race, sexuality, self-expression, politics, culture and the many systems that oppress us.

www.trishcollective.org

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