Knowing STDs Can Save You From Big Problems

Kara Lindquist

Kara Lindquist

Dear Kara,

What is “the clap”?


Dear Clueless,

I’m going to assume you are referring to an STD, in which case the answer to your question is gonorrhea. Gonorrhea is one of the more well known STDs, but if your significant other has been talking about it a lot lately, I would suggest steering clear of his or her genitals. The clap is curable but is often difficult to detect, especially in women. Basically, if it burns when you pee and/or you have anything odd oozing out of your nether regions, it’s a bad sign. As with any STD you want to be treated as soon as possible. If you just let it run rampant it will take over your body and then eventually the world, naturally. Well, maybe not, but it causes infertility, urethral scarring (doesn’t that sound fun!?!), miscarriage, etc. Of course, if the infection spreads to your blood or heart, it kind of does take over your body. So if you have a leaky faucet, get it checked out, unless, of course, you like meningitis and not being able to pee.

Sorry, Matt and Kara are not accepting any more questions this year!