Remembering How To Clap

There was a time, not too long ago, when the only worry a couple wishing to be ‘amorous’ thought about was contracting the Clap. Of the STDs feared, gonorrhoea and syphilis  were at the top of the list. Then the big H and A came along and STDs were not that big a deal.

If one is to  to judge based on a recent report, STDs is on the march in the USA forcing the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) to describe “the millions of new cases annually as a hidden epidemic”. Coincidentally our own Dame Billie Miller recently publicised her concern about STDs affecting Barbados and the region: “Gonorrhoea, syphilis and many other sexually transmitted diseases have been at epidemic status in our region for generations. We like to pretend it is not so. It still upsets me that sexually transmitted diseases in Barbados are not notifiable diseases”.

If HIV and AIDS do not get you there is always The Clap.

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  1. Well David, within this little post of yours is a wealth of understanding of Barbados and the very few things wrong with our country. We have one of the best places in the world to live with an indigenous population that are among the world’s most pleasant people who have had some brilliant former leaders, academics and artists. But we do have a sickness that has nothing to do with sexual trnasmission – we are too tolerant – and if three instances in particular were immediately resolved the whole country would be better off. The easy one is to make all potentially dangerous tramsmittable diseases reportable – no argument: you got it, it gets reported. The second problem is civil service accountability: too much clout given to too many lazy, self aggrandising individuals as commented on recently in articles on economics, political talent etc. Thirdly , crime is rising – face up to it and act. A new regime is needed in the police and criminal justice system. As a people we need to act – not just talk – act on what we know, expose the known culprits, thank them for their efforts, tell them to bugger off and get some ‘ass kickers’ in who are prepared to work for the country first and personal reward second. People who will work without the need to curry favour (a big problem) and who expect reward as a result of their work not as the first priority. When these three things come about, Barbados will be the BEST place in the world – and it will also be safe to safe to quietly foop without the fear of death hanging over your head.


  2. It is hard to see things changing for the better anytime soon. Even if STDs is made a notifiable disease we have the more systemic problem of behaviour. Older men especially are now finding it fashionable to be with young girls/women.


  3. David: …Older men especially are now finding it fashionable to be with young girls/women.

    Only NOW, David? Exactly how old are you? Or under which rock have you been living?


  4. CLAP is the appropriate name for this pox , especially nowadays.When a guy goes to the STD centre, and he is informed that it is just a dose of the clap, he claps, and whistles and cheers,relieved that its not the big one, which may be next on the cards if he does not take stock of his lifestyle.


  5. Note that STD’S HAVE ALWAYS BEEN REPORTABLE IN BIM.
    THERE WAS A DRASTIC FALL OFF IN THE LATE 80’S AND 90’S WHEN FELLAS BECAME MORE CAREFULL…..WHEN THE BIG FELLA CAME ON STREAM.

    NOW IT SEEMS THEY ARE THROWING CAUTION TO THE WIND AND THERE IS A RISE AGAIN.


    • @GP

      The context in which you say reportable and Dame Billie refers to it as notifiable are they not one and the same?

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