Only one antibiotic left to treat gonorrhea we heard yesterday on local NPR station. Scary news. Another 20th century problem--like birth control, women's right to choose, equal pay--that we thought were secured.
Wrong. Graphically described by the Atlantic's James Hamblin, an M.D.
Did you know gonorrhea can kill you? It can, and it's also tragically effective at making women infertile. According to her journals, my great aunt Mabel was "barren," and my grandmother always told me it was probably from gonorrhea. The only reason we don't hear about these awful complications more often -- and we instead think of it as a little oops of an infection ("Can I still drink on these antibiotics?" "Yes." "Cool.") -- is because we've been able to kill it early with relative ease.
Back into my public health mode, here's a copy of a page from my other blog, Knit a Condom Amulet, originally posted in 2007, when I still lived in New York City. Its purpose was and is to share pattern ideas with knitters for a way to begin conversations about safe sex. Original focus was on HIV awareness for women over 50--a problem we learned about in 2005--its applicability is unlimited.
CONDOM SIZES FOR KNIT AMULETS
Because there are a variety of sizes and shapes to condoms, this is a general guide. Sometimes this will determine how you knit an amulet. There are so many knit designs yet to be explored--by you.
Round condom, 2-1/4" circumference.
Lengthwise, smaller container,1/2" x 1" suited to this double-knitted amulet with beads to be worn around the neck. Or, it could have a pin back.
And the largest package contains the female condom, measuring 3-1/4" x 4-3/4". The condom itself is smaller, so the package can be folded up at bottom. It will then fit into an amulet like this one. Funky yarn here is a excellent re-use for yarn mistakenly purchased for a garment. Many possibilites for many gifts of Condom Amulets for friends, family. neighbors--room for several condoms too.
Its bright colors and loop make it easy to locate in a purse. Or, hang it on your bathroom wall--tuck the female condom behind a Post-It pad if discretion is a concern. Kay Gardiner, designer of the Ballband Key Chain Amulet, suggested this alternative use.