Giant Microbes, Gonorrhea (Clap), Small
Want a super fun and cute way to learn more about STIs? GiantMicrobes are here to entertain, educate, and cuddle. These plush toys are about 5 inches in height, and represent a number of different sexually transmitted infections.
Each microbe includes a printed card with educational and fascinating facts. A perfect gift for students, scientists, health professionals & anyone with a healthy sense of humor!
This little microbe represents Gonorrhea, otherwise known as "The Clap." Below is more information about Gonorrhea, courtesy of our friends at Planned Parenthood.
Gonorrhea (gon-o-RHEE-a) is an infection caused by a kind of bacteria that is passed during sexual contact. It can infect the penis, vagina, cervix, anus, urethra, or throat. Sometimes it is called "the clap" or "the drip."
Gonorrhea can be a serious health risk if it is not treated. It affects more than 800,000 people in the United States every year.
Gonorrhea is spread by vaginal and anal intercourse and oral sex.
Gonorrhea can also be passed from a woman to her fetus during birth. It is not passed through casual contact.
There is a lot you can do to prevent getting gonorrhea.
- Abstain from vaginal and anal intercourse and oral sex.
- If you choose to have vaginal or anal intercourse, use female or latex condoms every time.
- Giving or getting gonorrhea during oral sex is rare, but you can further reduce your risk by using condoms or latex or plastic barriers.
Gonorrhea is easy to treat. If you have gonorrhea, your health care provider will give you antibiotics. (Pregnant women and teens should not be given certain antibiotics, so if you are pregnant your health care provider will help you decide which is the best treatment for you.)
Both you and your partner must be treated for gonorrhea before you have sex again. That way you can avoid becoming infected again. Some health care providers will give you medicine to take home for your partner(s).
People diagnosed with gonorrhea often have chlamydia as well. Your health care provider may treat you for both at the same time.
See more at: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/stds-hiv-safer-sex/gonorrhea#sthash.7AnyL4QU.dpuf