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The Blue Waffles Myth

August 8, 2011 | by Molly

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As an educator for Women’s Health Foundation’s Adolescent Pelvic Health Program, I get a lot of what I like to call “Guinness Book of World Record” comments or shared stories, meaning the tales are so far out that they would most likely make the record book, if, in fact true.  The stories usually go along the lines of, “My sister’s boyfriend’s cousin knows this girl that got pregnant with triplets after sitting in a hot tub and all the babies daddies were different men that were in the hot tub. Can that happen to me?!”

Perhaps, I was a little overconfident when I was first asked about “Blue Waffles Disease,” assuming it was yet another myth to dispel.  However, the question came from a middle school health teacher.  During his sex education unit, he kept hearing questions about this “disease” and had no idea what they were asking.

Enter the Women’s Health Foundation experts.

Never having heard of this disease (although, I did know “waffle” is slang for vagina), I asked my students to tell me what they knew of the “Blue Waffles.”  They answered that it was a sexually transmitted disease that:

  • Could only be passed from females to males
  • Can develop in a female after “not washing her vagina” enough

My attention was piqued and I was horrified by both the extreme lack of knowledge (“Didn’t we learn that our vagina is a self-cleaning oven the first day of class?!” I told myself) as well as the incredibly misogynistic explanation of an “STD” only being transferable by women. PLEASE.

So, where the heck are these kids learning about Blue Waffles?! All the students described an image they saw online so, to learn more, I googled it.  I won’t post the photo that came up but if you’re interested and are extremely comfortable with graphic photos, google it. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Here’s what happens: after googling blue waffles disease you will not land on a trusted medical site, like Mayo Clinic or WebMD.  You’ll be inundated with random urls with no trusted medical or healthcare affiliations, just a very rudimentary webpage, blog, or community board.  Basically, a site that should have a big, ‘ol “Don’t Believe Everything You Read!” flashing banner ad.  In fact, all of the websites further perpetuating this myth with definitions like:


“It’s basically a slang term for an extremely nasty or severe vaginal infection/STD on the vagina. The infection could cause lesions on the outside of the vagina, as well as bruising, which causes it to look blue in color.”

Ugh.

Thinking that there must be some place where I could find anything medically-based, (Anyone? Bueller?) I decided to research a little further.  Nothing. Nada.  I could not find anything out there on the net that was a sound, medical source explaining what the heck “blue waffles” was or was not. Even my favorite: Go Ask Alice!, Columbia University’s Health Service’s website, a wonderful resource where a team of healthcare professionals answers any questions you could possibly imagine on sex, drugs, and even rock and roll.

So I took it upon myself to debunk this disease and called upon Dr. Amy Whitaker, an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Chicago Hospital.  Here is what she wrote:

There is no disease known as “blue waffle disease,” in the medical world. There is no disease that causes a blue appearance on the external genitalia. I had never heard of this until you wrote to our section…and asked about it. The common belief among medical professionals with whom I have spoken or e-mailed about this is that it is a hoax; the picture and “fake” disease used to lure people into some web site.

The picture itself is disturbing. It does appear to have some ‘photoshopping’ effects in its vivid blue tint on some of the versions I’ve seen. It is also possible that a bluish appearance to external genitalia could be from bruising, which could result from force, most likely from a sexual assault. I can’t say, obviously, if that is the case here, but bruising certainly wouldn’t be bright blue. No STDS cause external bruising. Additionally, there appears to be one or two lesions, which could be an STD of some sort (for example, a herpes lesion), although it is certainly not clear from the picture. It even appears that there might be some sort of laceration on her right labia, a “cut” of sorts, but again it’s unclear. That could also be from force, or it could be an STD that presents with a lesion on the vulva.

On the other hand, the entire thing could be ‘photoshopped,’ and nothing in it represents anything ‘real.’

In any case, this is not the typical appearance of any STD or any condition of the vagina or vulva.  There are no STDs that go only from women to men. (Really now, how would women get them?!)

The comments are so totally disturbing. The open misogyny and blame on women for having an STD made me sick…especially in light of the fact that I was thinking that some of the appearance could be from sexual assault.”

I’ll give you a minute to let that all soak in.  Unbelievable, isn’t it?

So, I may be jumping the gun here but I believe that this is a perfect example of how we as a society take pleasure in objectifying and vilifying women.  Meaning, according to teenagers, “Blue Waffles Disease” is the result of an overly sexual (pardon my French) “slut,” who has no respect for herself or others.  By googling this, you will be inundated hateful, vile, and harmful comments towards women – and it’s supposed to be funny.

It’s not funny. It’s scary.

So I have a call-to-action for all of you out there (please say it’s more than 3 readers, please!).  Get the word out.  As a women’s health advocate, it is my duty to address this myth and tell, strike that, SHOUT the truth.

Please forward this blog to your friends, especially those who are parents, teachers, and healthcare providers.  Get the word out.  Post this link on your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, anything! If teenagers are only getting their information online, then help them land on this post so that they can stop perpetuating this disgusting cycle of hate.  I am only one voice but with you, I am an army.

229 thoughts on “The Blue Waffles Myth

  1. Judi says:

    So, basically the Internet has turned into a giant game of Telephone? Posting on Twitter now. Also, I really wish I didn’t eat blueberry waffles for breakfast this morning- that was a bad decision.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I spent last school year teaching sexual health classes and I, too, received this question early and often. What was shocking to me was not just that young people believed in this Internet hoax, but the degree to which they feverishly defended it as a real disease. I did the same research as you, but when I presented the evidence to my classes, many students refused to believe the truth, insisting that it *must* be real since they had seen a “picture” of it and heard about it from so many people. It’s no wonder that so many people in our country find themselves shocked by unexpected pregnancies and/or unwanted sexual health situations when gossip and rumors – instead of evidence and science – guide our sexual health choices. I guess sexual health educators still have a lot of work to do!

    1. Jay says:

      Sorry to inform you however this disease is not a hoax.

      1. Ebony says:

        Jay,
        Were is you’re medically based proof? As a nursing student I have just searched every database at my fingertips and come back with nothing!

  3. kimberly says:

    Miss Molly you are a fabulous writer, educator and woman… I’m sharing this with Danya just incase she or her friends come across any conversation involving this ‘blue waffle disease’. hopefully she’ll understand and educate others about this horrible myth! thanks gor sharing, much love- Kimberly

  4. Leah says:

    Officially my new favorite WHF post. I thought we already learned that googling illnesses is fastest way to a panic attack?? Posting FB, stat. :)

  5. Molly says:

    Thanks for the comments and for sharing everyone!
    Elizabeth, it’s so true about the students defending these myths and hoaxes. Sometimes my students would tell me I’m wrong cause their boyfriends said so. Ugh, right?!

  6. Sarah says:

    OMG thank you so much! I am 26 year old intelligent female and had heard this from many peers. “The new STD, Blue Waffles” I had to do some research myself!It is truly believed to be a real std by most women not just teens. This is very scary! Please continue to spread the word there are NO BLUE WAFFLES!!!!

  7. Mark Yuri Stephens says:

    Thank you so much for getting to the bottom of this. My mother’s niece has been accused of having “the blue waffle” and it annoyed me that they are convinced of its validity.

    BLUE WAFFLE = FAKE

  8. Molly says:

    Thanks for your support, Mark! It sounds like your niece is dealing with a bad case of bullying. As an educator and counselor-in-training, I urge her to speak up! This is a great anti-bullying resource: http://www.stopbullying.gov/

  9. Eva says:

    It’s about time someone wrote a blog about this disease! I think that many renowned websites (like WebMD) should make an article about this disease, and label it with bright red letters – FAKE!

  10. me says:

    I saw that after a friend told me about it, and I was like “lolno, fake”

  11. Tiffany says:

    I too thought it was strange that no refutable medical website had any articles or definitions for this so called “disease.” As someone who works in a medical laboratory, I’ve seen some pretty nasty bacteria that cause all sorts of nasty conditions but none like these horrific pictures portray. I was so happy to find your article, because until I did I was worried we had some new superbug i.e. MRSA or VRE. We have a superbug alright… the photoshop internet rumor bug.

  12. James says:

    Really, you mean doctors don’t name things after food? It doesn’t take much to debunk a meme. You’ve completely missed the point. The point is you send someone looking for blue waffles and they arrive on the most disgusting gash they have ever seen and likely recoil in horror. The entertainment is in the reaction. The fact you went on a hunt for funt makes it even more entertaining, IMHO. But that’s not the purpose of the meme.

  13. James says:

    Also, just because there is no Blue Waffle illness does not mean that the vagine in quesiton is not horrifying to the eye. It’s not like a guy is going to arrive there and go “oh, well there’s no such thing as Blue Waffles so this must be good to go.”

  14. Molly says:

    James,
    I agree with you that the purpose of a meme can be more for shock value, but you have to understand that I wrote this blog because I had adolescents asking me if they could “catch it”and how they could get rid of it. While it’s obvious to you and I that this “disease” is in fact, a myth, I think we need to take responsibility and further negate myths that could be potentially harmful to youths and promote positive sexual health.

  15. David Huang says:

    Dear Molly,
    I am a 16 year old high school student in Southern California. As a junior, I, too, have learned of this mysterious and STD-like disease from friends. Most of my friends who defend the case of this disease’s existence were in a tone of jest and uncertainty. As I looked at the photograph, I was quite astonished by the bizarre and unnatural color of the so-called “infected region.” Now, being an AP Biology student, I began to question the concreteness of this disease and conducted some research. Most of the proponents of the existence of such disease questions my want to research upon this subject, probably from the uncertainty of the case. Nothing came up, even with medical research centers as well as Educational Research Information Center. This article really cleared up my questioning, and urged me to not believe every “graphical” articles on the web.

  16. lisa says:

    I am a substance abuse counselor and as part of education sessions we cover STI. In a recent session I was asked about the Blue Waffle disease, one client even googled information and told the group that it was a real disease. I appreciate someone debunking this myth. Thank you for the information.

  17. nimue says:

    So, I was really looking at this, because it’s horrifying, but interesting.

    Have any of the doctors you’ve talked to thought it could be some kind of topically applied solution? Not to get too graphic, but i you look near her anus, you can see that some of her discharge is kind of bluish as well, which kind of goes against the bruising hypothesis, because mucous doesn’t bruise. (this also might point to a photoshop job even more, but maybe not) Perhaps it is something chemical, the bad reaction to which is what caused the lesions.

    I mean, people can be kind of dumb sometimes, and they do strange things. Maybe she put make up on her vulva for some obscure reason, or maybe she was masturbating with something she shouldn’t have been. There are probably plenty of other of plausible (if slightly stupid) ways you could accidentally get an iridescent blue dye on your vulva and not be able to get it off. Some of that stuff really sinks in to your skin and can be hard to wash off. And because the vulva is such sensitive skin, it’s not surprising there was a bad reaction.

    I’m going out on a limb, with this one, but what if she had some kind of heavy metal poisoning which was treated with Prussian Blue? The side effects of that treatment are turning your urine and feces blue, maybe her mucous membranes picked it up, too. That’s one example of an ingested chemical which MIGHT cause such a reaction, perhaps there are others? I’m not a doctor, I don’t know. It seems like every time I see someone going down the road of figuring out what it is, they assume it’s some kind of freaky bacteria, when I see some other possibilities, that don’t get mentioned.

  18. Anon says:

    Note: No one with a hint of sense assumes that that image is of anything but a horribly assaulted woman’s vagina – and is no more ‘freaky’ than ANY OTHER SHOCK IMAGE OR VIDEO. That kids young enough to still be in sex ed are SEEING this image only speaks VOLUMES about how STUPID THEIR PARENTS ARE.

    You don’t want your kids seeing that crap? Why the HELL aren’t you monitoring what they’re doing on the internet? Why the HELL aren’t you getting a child-safe set up on your computer so they can’t access unsafe parts of the internet? Why the HELL aren’t you bothering to check their history from time to time to make sure they aren’t circumventing it?

    It’s not the internet’s fault that kids are being permitted by idiotic parents to go willynilly all over the worst shock sites and grossest images. That’s not even the kid’s fault. Parents need to be aware of what their kid is doing online. If they won’t do that, I’m certian they’re going to end up seeing worse than that.

    Holy crap people – take some freaking responsibility!

  19. Raven says:

    Hmm. I can see what nimue is getting at… I mean, some of the stuff in thatpic was pretty realistic (though disgusting) I imagine it would be pretty hard to photoshop all of that without a base problem tp start at (unless the little punk who made the pic had ALOT of time and experiance..) I mean, I was a teen once, and I remember how hard it was to resist those hormonal urges at times. We’ve all done stupid stuuf, and maybe that girl was masturbating with something unsuitable. Then maybe photoshop was applied afterwards at add the legions and such. I am quite determined to debunk this mutilated vagina once and for all I thought it was real myself for the longest time. And I belive.its unhealthy for adolecents to belive in this hoex. Im posting to fb imeadiatly. Getting the word out is indeef crusal.

  20. Sammy says:

    Thank you! I will pass along this article.

  21. Deborah says:

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water . . .

    It amazes me that some idiot had to INVENT a brand-new and fictional disease in order to entertain himself. If this person finds “Oooh, YUCK” so fascinating, there are plenty of disgusting images on the internet, without needing to resort to Photoshop to manufacture new ones.

    There are, and unfortunately always have been, an appalling number of people who truly believe “They couldn’t publish/print it if it weren’t true”. People who are otherwise reasonably intelligent, who lean heavily toward believing ANYTHING in print. It is the act of an absolute sleaze to willfully set out to take advantage of this naivete for grins and giggles.

    Whoever put this repulsive excuse for entertainment out on the net deserves a swift kick in the pants, and “he” owes the rest of us an abject apology.

    This is NOT a meme, it’s hate-based exploitation, as is James’ use of “gash” and “hunt for funt”. Molly isn’t the one “missing the point” James. YOU ARE.

  22. haley says:

    I’m a teen and all of my friends and other teens I know always talk about blue waffle but I never really knew what it was or if it was real. And all of my friends acted like it was real and they knew what it was. So I decided to do some research like you and discovered the same thing you did, no real medical based information, and some nasty pictures ofcorse. Until I found your blog so I just want to say thank you for going as far as finding a real doctor to clear things up for everyone :)

  23. kyler says:

    I had a coworker ask me if I knew what a blue waffle was. I googled it, got the general idea, and clicked on the first link. The picture certainly was a bit disturbing; however, as an intelligent, well-educated, technologically-inclined member of the younger generation, it was abundantly clear that the image had been tampered with to my eyes. Unsatisfied with their explanation of the “disease,” I checked another link, and another. Finally, as I skimmed through sites looking for something remotely professional sounding, I saw this, which confirmed what I already knew.

    Thank you for the time you put into debunking this ridiculously stupid fabrication. I’m sure my coworker will be disappointed when I inform him that there is no such thing as blue waffle disease.

  24. Jean says:

    Thank you so much. I too get many questions as a sexuality educator and have been quite in the dark until coming across your website today.

  25. Pam says:

    Disgustsing what some people do with their time..Disgusting, sad, & ridiculous! Us women just need to remember, our body’s (that the lord has givin us) are beautiful and I know I can say I’m happy with what the lord gave me! Someone had told me to look up the recipe for blueberry waffles and that’s wat we found. Its Pitiful the nerve some people have…I’m betting it was a male that created this “Joke” that’s supposed to be soo “funny & amusing” as well as “entertaining”! I’d like to find out who this person is so I let them know about their selves! Spendin their time doin things like that isn’t goin to get them anywhere! They should be worrying about their education..not to metion THEIR Health, because obviously there’s something wrong with them!!! They obviously need help, they have SERiOUS Issues!!! Their mind and Heart is sick because any human being with a right mind and sense (not to metion HEART!) Would never even THINK of creating something like this!!! I think that there should be a law about having exsplicit and Graphic content on Google and other family using websites! That is simply poison to our children that we all know use the Site GOOGLE!! That’s all I have to say for now I could probably write a whole book with my response as to seeing how much I could say about the matter but I doubt my opinion will change any of what people put on the net, I’m only one person and I’d just like to say my name is pamela and I’m 17 and I have no children yet but even I know that things like that are not exceptable and I wish I could do something to make it all stop! Its really all NON-SENCE! I hope all women agree with when I say there a change that has to be made but we can’t make it happen with our lips sealed!

  26. Another Halocene Human says:

    Thank you for posting a debunking of this notion. For many people, “seeing is believing” and it’s clear that many teenagers credulously took this to be a real image of an STD.

    Unlike the original albino black sheep and goatse memes, this meme has clearly crossed the line from harmless giggles to doing real harm. I think the poster who alluded to the anti-bullying campaign is right on the money. The notion of sexual assault is even more disturbing.

    The anon who screamed “where are the parents” seems to be living in a video game company’s public relations firm’s fantasy world. Any teen using a computer at school could find this meme and a great number of them heard of it through word-of-mouth. I find that those that scream the loudest about personal or parental responsibility seem to have a major problem accepting responsibility for their own actions. We all inhabit a moral universe and our actions in the real world–which the internet is most assuredly a part of–do have real-world consequences. Anon’s call for the abdication of moral responsibility is as repulsive as it is unconvincing.

  27. Anon says:

    Just as a heads up the next question you will be asked is about a red pancake…

  28. Robin says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I found your article because my 14-year old daughter asked me about Blue Waffle Disease. As soon as I saw the picture, I knew something was not right. I am so glad to have a reliable source of information to help me explain to her that she should never believe something without researching it herself. It also gave me a starting point for a discussion about the double standards, mixed messages, and downright misogynistic myths about female sexuality that still pervade our culture.

    I am also heartened by the comments from young people who took the time to question this and do their own research, although I know this is not something that only teens need to learn. My 60-year-old neighbor floods my in-box with overwrought chain e-mails that require fifteen seconds of the most basic Googling to debunk.

    Thanks again.

  29. nikki s says:

    Maybe BLUE WAFFLES ain’t really a bad idea. It might scare some young teens out there into not having sex at a young age. Less teen pregnancies and less teens spreading other STDs is always a good thing.

  30. Tiffany says:

    it’snice to know that blue waffle diease isn’t real!! coming from me i’m 17 and i heard kids talkin about it at school and i always thought they were talking about waffles u eat for breakfest lol til i was told to look it up on google and tho the image was disturbing and it made u think twice before saying i wanna blue waffle for breakfest i was aware tht ppl were saying tht woemn could only get it and guys were being the regular immature ppl and saying ewww yall hada be some dity hoes and were lke i cnt be around so and so bc yall might hve blue waffle comments lke thos make u wanna hit someone lol but i was one person who thought it was real but i’ve never heard anyone metion anything about it so i decide to look it up and see wht ppl had to say point is its nice to kno tht the diease is fake and i can put a end to ppl going around and being childish saying so and so had a blue waffle… thanks:)

  31. Alicia says:

    Dear Molly,

    I had to look up the pic for myself. I am a commercial photography student, and the picture is absolutely a photoshop hoax. It has all the signs: bad feathering on the edges, unrealistic tints, disfigured proportion. Just figured i would let you know. the photo is 100% fake.

  32. James Petridis says:

    I am a secondary school teacher who enjoys playing games on Android. I first heard about this while playing an online game As a moderator in the game I was COMPLETELY HORRIFIED to find that young boys and girls were asking about this within a 9+ rated game. Children as young as 9 can be be scarred by these images and have nightmares and visions of what some claim to be “a funny joke”. People who create these myths and images need to be found and dealt with legally. As far ad I am concerned, these people are mentally invading and intruding on young, innocent and sensitive minds of our young children. the Does anybody know if this sort of thing is considered a criminal offense?

  33. Emily Wannenburg says:

    I will never be able to eat Blueberry waffles again…

  34. Jim Worobe says:

    A healthcare professional brought this to my attention. Apparently it was a topic of discussion at work and those having the discussion “looked it up” on Google. Even educated people can be taken in.

    I teach Anatomy and Physiology in a private vocational college and my students regularly ask questions about sexual and reproductive health, mainly because they have no one else to ask. When I’m not sure, my first reaction is, like the author of this article, to find a peer-reviewed source. Finding none, I thankfully found this article.

    Thanks for helping me dispel this hoax. I have posted it on my Facebook page. My students have a grand time following me, so I’m certain the word will get out.

  35. equally anon says:

    To the Anon going on about parents taking responsibility-
    So my NetNanny would stop my 8 year old from seeing the Maliciously uploaded porn vids to youtube under the title Justin Bieber songs? No, it wouldn’t.
    So my standing behind them on Facebook looking at a seemingly innocent picture of a blue waffle (the edible kind) that links to a google image search of the meme kind would prevent them seeing horribly disturbing photos of abuse (and/or photoshop)? No, it wouldn’t.

    How about YOU take some responsibility for YOUR actions? there are way too many people on the net who seem to think it’s there solely for their amusement (see the multiple trolls above for proof). They don’t care what rubbish they put up so long as someone gets ‘lulz’ to feed their ego that just maybe they’re funny. This wasn’t funny, in my opinion. and to see the trolls above coming to a site trying to FIX the problem they created and trying to get more lulz out of the responsible people of this site trying to clarify it’s fake speaks volumes of your character. It is extremely perverse and immature and has caused harm to children despite us PARENTS taking responsibility for our actions. Now it’s time for YOU (Anon above) to man up and accept some things just shouldn’t be done. And if they are, they are asured not to end up anywhere unrated so my NetNanny can do it’s job – you know, kind of like how porn sites that are blocked by my taking responsibility?

  36. Mea says:

    I stumbled across the name of this disease while looking up some things, and thought wth is this? I mentioned it to my sister who laughed over the name. I looked at a couple of the pics and thought they were rather bizarre. The few links I did look at made absolutely no sense. Wikipedia didn’t even have a description. I had never heard of it in the news either. I was determined to figure out what this new disease was and found the link to your blog. I just want to say ty for the information and am much happier that it’s not real. The name is still funny though.

  37. Danielle says:

    thank you for sharing this information. i heard this at work today and was completely shocked at myself for not knowing about this ‘std.’ I consider myself semi-sorta-up to date .. so I figured I would have heard about it at one point or another. I got home and immediately googled it – I went past all the crap links; and found yours. VERY glad to have this article to send around to friends who believed this b.s.
    thank you !

  38. kamee says:

    thank goodness, the Photoshopped pictures were insanely drastic and too hard to believe that someone could deal with the kind of disease… i try to stay up to date with all sexually transmitted diseases and was shocked at the slang a “doctor” could come up with and without any medical or professional naming of this disease. thank goodness i ran across your trust worthy website to prove that some do their research.

  39. Kelsey says:

    So glad I found this. Teenage workers at my job were talking about this. Before I even saw a picture I was telling them it wasn’t real. Now I can direct them to this. Thanks!

  40. Anon says:

    You people are unbelieveable.
    You have been trolled so hard. Brilliant, doing “research” on an internet phenomena and meme.

    Oh geez…

  41. Urban Sidhe says:

    I didn’t know that it was dubbed as a disease. The simple fact that it can only be passed from women to men should have been more than a clue that this is some trolls way to screw with people. After all, there’s no meme on the “Blue Serpent”. I Googled it once out of curiosity and I assumed it to have been from a physical sexual trauma.

  42. ashton says:

    thank you for this information, i had no idea what this was and I’m glad i can pass this along to my friends and school mate. and i wish my school had a better sex ed program to allow us to be more aware and know what is fact and fiction. thanks again for setting the record strait.

  43. Debbie says:

    Im so glad i came across this website while researching this blue waffle std, i was really wondering why would women only have this so called std, i think its complete crab, and i will let all of the stupid men out there that are believing this, its not true, thank you for the research you have done to proof this.

  44. Samuel says:

    I am a nursing student and first heard of the now infamous ‘Blue Waffle’ when I did my rounds in Labor and Delivery. The people doing the joking were all female nurses. I had no idea what they were talking about and was scoffed at because of my lack of (I guess) ‘street knowledge’. I looked it up and thought it just looked like a bad outbreak of Herpes with some bruising or bleeding. I haven’t seen anything about it only being passed from woman to man. However there are quite a few sites claiming that it is slang for how a woman’s vagina looks after a man has given a “severe beatings at the hand of the man-stick”. I assume that means rough intercourse. Other sites say it is because a woman is a “slut” or a “whore”. Either way there is a severe lack of acknowledgement of the male’s contribution. I won’t get into the disgusting and vile act of rape and molestation or other things that could cause a female to have severe bruising and tearing of the vagina. I will, however, close by saying that if a woman has an STD…a man gave it to her…why is she the only one wearing the scarlet letter?

  45. Vegetarian says:

    It looks to me like a real picture of a diseased woman who used gentian violet for a “yeast infection”, which turned out to be a lot more. Gentian violet is an old remedy for thrush infections. I could see how a woman without access to good healthcare or medicine might try gentian violet down there. The name “blue waffle” is just a bad euphemism for a dirty diseased ridden vagina.

  46. As a Health Educator to At Risk Youth ,I came to know of this so called “disease” by a school nurse at a HS. While doing a presentation on STI the nurse basically wanted me to include this unknown disease to my presentation as it was under way. I politely told her that I would like to research the new phenomenon first; as i never heard of it and am pretty much updated by CDC website and newsletters monthly. During this back and forth exchange the students would have bet their parents home and life savings to proof me wrong. Well of course, with an RN not well informed and basically confirming the ignorance i would bet it all too. Needeless to say, that am glad i have dedicated some time to researching this fake crazyness because i was also, asked last week by a group of women all over the age of 25 about it. So i guess am pretty glad that this is a figment of some idiot’s imagination (vivid nonetheless). As for PARENT BLAMER COP up top somewhere just to let you know that children have to much available access to these websites, so you can play PARENT COP all you want, but are you there when it really counts? At their friends homes and schools, what about having these super computerized phones.Unless your Amish or live in the in the remotes parts of the planet Jupiter. Give Me A Break!!! They need to see the truth and learned of these things as early as possible (within reasonable age but well before their teens)As supposed to learning from their foolish friends. I have an 18y/o am thinking about showing him the picture as a scare tactic then telling him after his reaction. Thanks for debunking the myth of the Blue Waffle you have armed me with confidence & knowledge againts those with an arsenal of ignorance. I will spread the word Thanks!!!!!!

  47. Kelley says:

    My child just told me about this today as kids on his bus to school say that kids “ate blue waffles” for breakfast. I googled it and saw the disgusting picture and am glad I looked further to explain to my child this is not a real disease.

  48. Christina says:

    Thank you for doing this. I will plaster this all over my facebook. TY

  49. L.B. Coleman says:

    Thank you so much for clarifying this and speaking on the dangers of this type of “misinformation.” Both scary and dangerous that people are just buying into this myth and jumping on the women-hating bandwagon SO EASILY! I will help spread the truth starting now!

  50. Silvia says:

    Thank you so much for writing this. There is a Facebook book group called ‘I will never ever google blue waffle again’ which I saw one of my friends post a link to. I’d never heard of it so I googled it of course. Unlike most people my age (18), I try to look for reliable sources, but thankfully I didn’t have to look far because this was one of the first things that came up on my google search results.

    Again THANK YOU for posting this.

  51. Blue Waffles says:

    Is Blue Wafflles is a real dosease or not? Great Article I am Sharing it Thanx :)

  52. Steve says:

    I agree with James and Anon. I feel this was a very interesting and objective argument (at FIRST), and am glad it was published for the sake of debunking it. However, it was for shock and awe, not a serious campaign of sexual awareness etc. You took it way too personal and started rambling about an “army” of “voices” and got wayyyy too preachy about it. People are far too uptight and don’t have any sense of humor anymore. I understand there’s a need for women’s health awareness, and as a man, I’m GLAD (totally on your side!), but it’s simply a joke and you have to see it as such, no matter how juvenile it may seem. To those of you who don’t see it as a joke, or realize it’s a joke and don’t see the purpose or take it as a threat to “sincerity” regarding the vagina (is … there any?): Anon is right. Those children shouldn’t even be SEEING those pictures, let alone be able to read about it. Teach them properly in Health class and at home, and they’ll know the truth when they discover things like this. Take some accountability and responsibility in what your children have access to, and you won’t have these problems. Nobody is THAT anal about things to the point of not ever having done (horrible grammar I know, and apologize lol) anything silly like this in their life. Yes, it may be deemed a “taboo” joke, because it references the female genitalia (regardless of circumstance), but ALL humor comes from SHOCK. There have been several university studies as well as humor research in itself has PROVEN that the greater the shock, the greater the response in humor. Does that mean we can’t joke about things like death (to cope even?), babies, jesus, puppies, or any combination of those? Those are where some of the BEST jokes come from, people just need to lighten up. You’re going to give yourself an ulcer, it’s just a joke!!

  53. anon says:

    I think you need to google the definition of “incredibly misogynistic.”

  54. Female says:

    Response to Steve– Blue Waffles is not a “taboo” joke. Referencing genitalia in a way that humiliates women IS misogynistic. Nobody would think it was funny if we spread lies about male genitalia. How dare you say that this is just humor? I love men, but I wish men would stop lying about females just to perpetuate their egos. We do not like being hurt, taken advantage of, told that we are beneath you etc.

  55. truth says:

    If a woman gets an STI it IS her fault, women are 3x more likely to have an STI than men, 60% of American women have at least 1 STI, they contract these diseases by having sex with multiple men, many of these diseases cause infertility, cancer, and other real problems, If we don’t educate our daughters to act like real ladies we risk them becoming infertile, or “birthing a generation of thieves and vandals”(Bhagavd Gita)

  56. NotAHappyBunny says:

    “Nobody would think it was funny if we spread lies about male genitalia.”

    But women mutilating male genitalia is hysterical

    Remember Sharon Osbourne’s giggling apology last year after the ladies of that dismal show guffawed over the news story about a woman who cut off her husband’s penis and threw it in a garbage disposal because he filed for divorce? Sharon Osbourne proclaimed, among other things, that this act of mutilation was “quite fabulous” and “hysterical,”

  57. Jon says:

    Is this satire?

    I guess it’s “incredibly misandric” when uncircumcised men are vilified for having a foreskin. Right?

    “Oh my god! Uncut dicks are so gross and dirty! I heard they smell really bad!” – basically every woman I’ve ever heard talk about foreskins when the subject came up. This is in Canada, by the way. Where being uncut isn’t even uncommon. I can’t imagine what the comments are like in the US.

    Foreskins are also self-cleaning. That doesn’t stop “dirty” lies from spreading. Should I be calling out these woman for misandry? Please advise.

  58. I am a medical librarian that works with patients and families to help them find reliable health info on the internet. A middle school teacher just asked me about this, and I had the same experience trying to research it. Most of the links were blocked by my hospital network as pornography! So, thanks for the informative article. I tweeted it @margotmal

  59. Jenne Cromn says:

    Am I the only female here who finds this amusing? I mean come on people we make jokes about EVERYTHING in this country (U.S) even dead babies and THIS is offensive?
    Btw Vaginas DO smell and a vagina maybe “self cleaning” but it is also where we pee, sweat, and menstrate every month so it does have a level of dirtiness to it, if you don’t wash you can get nasty results.

  60. Jenne Cromn says:

    “Referencing genitalia in a way that humiliates women IS misogynistic. Nobody would think it was funny if we spread lies about male genitalia. How dare you say that this is just humor? I love men, but I wish men would stop lying about females just to perpetuate their egos. We do not like being hurt, taken advantage of, told that we are beneath you etc.”

    Thats the thing we DO lie and humiliate men, we joke about everything from size, smell, to color and sexual orientation for what reason? the FEMALE ego, so get off your high horse.

  61. Travis says:

    The websites that this stuff is coming from, (reddit, 9gag, 4chan, etc.) are places young ppl go to post and read outrageously inappropriate humor. It is basically a place they can go and say or see all the nasty, bad or otherwise completely inappropriate things that they want, whenever they feel like being bad little naughty Johnny or Jane oogling over trashy stuff. Pictures, comments, cut and pastes…. Practical jokes and secret society type ” ultra hip and with it” humor. they have there own language amongst the inhabitors of these sites, rage comics, meme generators etc. it’s not run by some evil group of ppl, there’s no agenda here, blue waffles was an Internet ” gross ” joke that readers played on one another. Urging a friend to google blue waffles so you can laugh at their reaction. There’s not some male chauvinist evil male wizard behind all this, conspiring to misinform the youth of America all women are sluts. It’s just a joke other readers purpatrated on each other, ppl pranking around on the Internet. Everyone calm down, it’s funny because its fricking gross and low brow, no one thinks it’s real. Even if kids are thinking its a real disease, it’s not a big deal… There are venereal diseases and “blue waffles” is just a scary boogeyman man type concept in their minds that tells them, better be careful not to get any v.d., and when you think about it, what’s wrong with that? It’s just a trashy joke with a very general misconception that it may or may not be an actual disease, so what? Context is everything ppl, these sites are equal opportunity offenders, they trash every race, creed, culture, gender, color, because it is edited and perpetuated by the ppl that read and post there, of which there are all types and is often done in a self deprecating way. Example being a black guy makes fun of black ppl, or a woman makes a joke about things she feels is sometimes gross about being a woman. We laugh at ourselves the hardest., they do make fun of masculinity quite regularly. context ppl, context. Users of these sites encourage each other to be gross and ridiculous, it’s just what kids do. Relax about blue waffles, it’s harmless juvenile grossness, ignore it.

  62. Travis says:

    If the point of this article is ” let’s educate young ppl about sex” fine and dandy, but this misogyny angle is off base. There are admittedly misogynistic overtones, but I assure this will not be the downfall of the modern woman, it’s just a stupid internet joke and most ppl who have heard of it know that. The Internet is here to stay, you’ll never get rid of this stuff. I would say monitor your kids Internet activity as best as you can, but in the end you just have to trust your kid. They are smarter than we give them credit for. Educate? Yes, of course, but don’t blow this stuff out of proportion with the misogyny card.

  63. Heidi says:

    blue waffles is fake. So what? Chill down dude. Just cuz the Internet is a gathering place for liars doesn’t mean you need freak out about something so stupid. (btw there is a disease like “blue waffles” but since people didn’t know what it was they just gave it a name.)

  64. kelly s says:

    agree with ya jenne…at btw i am a women and who is to say a man even started this women are more then capable of being hateful and vile just as men are especially towad other women.

  65. Ari says:

    When women are called ‘sluts’ for having this fictitious STI, then yeah, it is about misogyny. And dismissing this shit makes it acceptable. Maybe we should be sending a different message to each other and our children about people in general. Your it’s-all-in-good-fun approach when a female is stigmatized for most everything in this world.

    Fucking idiots.

  66. holly says:

    If ANYTHING makes a horney teenager stop and THINK before having sex…………….thats NOT a bad thing..real or not.

  67. Laura R says:

    -__ I googled it. Went ew. Found this article. You killed my fun. While I agree that it is interesting that it’s not real and such, I don’t find it offensive. Really. I’m a woman, I like sex, and I don’t find it offensive. I laughed. I went ew.

    Nobody is attacking me. A sin on women? Perhaps. Do I care? No, seems like I’m having more fun than you.

  68. Patrick says:

    Thank you. I am an Army medic and a couple of my soldiers asked me about this. This is the first site I’ve been able to find that has anything about it from a reliable source.

  69. Seventeen in Louisville says:

    Misogyny is a very big issue for teenage girls. If a girl is a virgin, guys will harass her and girls will make fun of her. If she isn’t a virgin, she gets called a slut. Meanwhile, a guy who is a virgin is made fun of, and a guy who isn’t is respected as a man. The typical teenage girl portrayed in movies is vapid, boy-crazy, and obsessed with popularity. Parents put very strict limitations on their daughters’ relationships with guys, not even allowing them to date in some cases, while they expect their sons to be ladies’ men. Trust me, I am a teenager. This time is the worst time to be a girl- life seems totally unfair. And it is.

  70. Holly says:

    From (so-called) ‘truth’- “If a woman gets an STI it IS her fault, women are 3x more likely to have an STI than men, 60% of American women have at least 1 STI, they contract these diseases by having sex with multiple men, many of these diseases cause infertility, cancer, and other real problems, If we don’t educate our daughters to act like real ladies we risk them becoming infertile, or “birthing a generation of thieves and vandals”(Bhagavd Gita)”
    So if a man gets a STI, it’s not his fault? and why should we only educate daughters about sex and not our sons? men have just as much, if not more, sex than women. men can pass STD/I to women just as often as women to men. Also, chlamydia is higher in women but syphilis is higher in men so don’t be so general about STDs. Lastly, women are screened more often for STD/Is than men because they need yearly pap smears to check for cervical cancer and so on. If the doctor sees something abnormal, it is diagnosed right away. Men are not checked over as often and will have the disease longer without their knowledge and spread it to others.

  71. Livvi says:

    Coming from a high school student, i never really saw this affecting anyone the way everyone else is saying. Yeah, kids joke about it and laugh at how gross it is. Most kids in my school think its real. But nobody makes much more of a big deal out of it than any other STD. The fact is, we arent as dumb as you think. We KNOW there are things out there like that. For the most part, we just dont care. I m pretty sure this was meant to be humor, but if anybody thought this was stopping kids from sex… think again. They wont stop until they see something gross on the other kid. And even then, some kids are crazy enough just to use a condom. If you really care about stopping kids from doing that stuff, false rumors arent the way. Its just setting a bad example. Be a good role model and keep a close relationship with your kids, and talk to them. 99% of kids who have early sex do so because they dont feel loved enough. Even if you feel you show a lot of love to your kid, keep in mind that teens need about 10xit more love than most. Theyre vulnerable, and buying them nice things is great but its not enough. Do stuff with them, even just a ride in the car where you can talk with them as an equal. Idk. Sorry for the rant, just sick of seeing my peers coming to school with cuts up their arms from feelingg so alone and dying for attention. Thats 50% of what sex is about.

  72. Heather says:

    I was not told that it was only passed from women to men- i simply saw a facebook photo with a blue waffle (like an actual waffle that was photoshopped or dyed blue) and the text “don’t google it” so, of course, I googled it. If it makes you feel any better, the second thing I did was googled “is blue waffle disease real” which is how I came across this post- so not everyone is just accepting this. I became pretty suspicious when sites said that it was spread by prostitutes.

  73. Coco says:

    I think you should check out a skin disease called HS (Hidradenitis suppurativa) which effects the underarms, buttocks, and groin area of both men and women. It is not contagious and it is basically a condition where the body cannot clean out pores and sweat glands properly so they cause welts, and cyst type bumps or “infections” if you will. Its unfortunate for anyone suffering with any condition. My heart goes out to those who weren’t born with a “PERFECT” body

  74. adrianna says:

    The blue waffle is not something u would want to get!!! I saw a pic on Google any I wanted to throw up

  75. Honesty says:

    I had a feeling that this was a myth. This blog was very insightful. Thanks!

  76. Stacey says:

    Livvi on March 30, 2012 at 5:16 PM
    Coming from a high school student, i never really saw this affecting anyone the way everyone else is saying. Yeah, kids joke about it and laugh at how gross it is. Most kids in my school think its real. But nobody makes much more of a big deal out of it than any other STD. The fact is, we arent as dumb as you think. We KNOW there are things out there like that. For the most part, we just dont care. I m pretty sure this was meant to be humor, but if anybody thought this was stopping kids from sex… think again. They wont stop until they see something gross on the other kid. And even then, some kids are crazy enough just to use a condom. If you really care about stopping kids from doing that stuff, false rumors arent the way. Its just setting a bad example. Be a good role model and keep a close relationship with your kids, and talk to them. 99% of kids who have early sex do so because they dont feel loved enough. Even if you feel you show a lot of love to your kid, keep in mind that teens need about 10xit more love than most. Theyre vulnerable, and buying them nice things is great but its not enough. Do stuff with them, even just a ride in the car where you can talk with them as an equal. Idk. Sorry for the rant, just sick of seeing my peers coming to school with cuts up their arms from feelingg so alone and dying for attention. Thats 50% of what sex is about.

    I’m so glad you put this up Livvi… I for one hve always tried to tell my children the truth on a level of understanding for their age… My eldest daughter remained a virgin til 19 and wasn’t a mother until 21 and I am so very proud of her and her ability t stand up to peer pressure. People should be there more often for their children and that is the bottom line.

  77. Shanda says:

    Thank you for the intelligent information. As a health educator for adolescents, I have been asked about this topic several times. Perhaps the kids were intending a prank (kind of like, “Google 2 girls, 1 cup!”) but it felt more like they believe it’s true and wanted me to be able to put it in perspective and explain to them what it really is (correct medical diagnosis and facts).

    This is useful information that I will share with them!

  78. passerby says:

    You were very informative; said the final word and put an end to this joke. (Myth? God!! teenagers can be so stupid.)

  79. Jason Giannini says:

    Thank you on behalf of my mother, sister, nieces, and lover.

    I will forward to everyone possible.

  80. visiting says:

    “If a woman gets an STI it IS her fault, women are 3x more likely to have an STI than men, 60% of American women have at least 1 STI, they contract these diseases by having sex with multiple men, many of these diseases cause infertility, cancer, and other real problems, If we don’t educate our daughters to act like real ladies we risk them becoming infertile, or “birthing a generation of thieves and vandals”(Bhagavd Gita)”

    Actually, STDs are contracted by having sex with 1 man, a man who has an STD. Period. It does not mean anyone is having sex with multiple partners. As for the thieves and vandals part, thats just crazy talk.

  81. J. B. says:

    I find it very hard to believe that so many people find the “slut“ vs. “stud“ double standard so hard to accept. It’s not even a double standard. The nature of the beast is that men have to pursue women, pay for things, etc. They must do all the work, thus promiscuity is seen as an accomplishment. Women simply have to say, “yes“. Easy stuff. There are far more good guys out there that have problems with courting women than you might realize. This is what makes me sick about most feminists. You rip apart anything perceived as anti-female, but most are all too quick to gloss over inequalities in your advantage. The game, as it stands, promotes mistrust and hate, and I would like to see it bettered as much as any. Ladies, men chase you. You have the power in this game, we jump through the hoops we need to. If you want to change the game and this slut/stud junk, the onus is on you.

  82. teengrl says:

    omg im so happy to have come across this website! i was so terrified when i heard about it and decided to google it. those pictures and those comments scared the heck out of me! thank u for giving me a sense of comfort/relief, and i will pass this on!

  83. okay, i was just reading this because it does seem to be the only legitimate article in the top search results, and i should have just stopped there. after reading some of these comments…guys, this is more misogonystic than most of you are willing to acknowledge. ladies, although this “craze” probably did originate from a man, it’s not an attack on women or outright misogony, rather a feeble attempt at garnering attention.

    but the thing that really made me decide to post a comment…Jenne Cromn: if you’re the only woman on here that finds this funny, i’m a bit surprised you didn’t recognize that the “Didn’t we learn that our vagina is a self-cleaning oven the first day of class?!” comment was STEEPED in sarcasm.

  84. Ricky says:

    There are many, and I mean many, disturbing and disgusting things people have said that can make someone lose their faith in humanity on the internet. Some of the worst can be found on a website called 4chan, but I most say there are some very intelligent people there who support equal rights and all that stuff there too.

  85. CAnne says:

    I am glad I stumbled upon this. I’m a nanny for four children and the oldest is a 12 year old boy. When ever he has friends over and I have to drive them places in my blue Prius, they all giggle and say “let’s get in the blue waffle!” I kept thinking that it’s just pubescent boys being strange. I over heard a conversation they were having one day and I was horrified. They were talking about blue waffle disease. They are 12!!! I’m glad to learn its not real and now I can question these annoying brats when they call my Prius the blue waffle.

  86. Jerry says:

    blue waffle does not exist

  87. bre says:

    Im going to say thank you for the article..I was looking Up info on the disease and found this article..the reason i say thanks is because everyones not joking about It some ppl think this is a real disease so thanks for the correct information An ending a nasty myth

  88. CMS says:

    I teach a Family Life (aka Sex Ed) unit to 8th graders, and many of them often ask about Blue Waffles. While I agree with most people’s comments that this article goes from informative to persuasive, I am glad I found it. So much crap is posted on the internet! Young people don’t often have the sense to discern fact from fiction, even if it’s an obvious joke to adults. Many of my students are concerned about this “disease” because of the graphic images that show up with a simple search on Google. In reality, they should be more concerned with very real issues, such as HIV, HPV, and bacterial infections that can lead to PID, etc. I think it is up to the medical community to start educating people about this myth. It should be this difficult to find valid information on the topic.

  89. CMS says:

    * should NOT be this difficult to find information on the topic.

  90. Tyler says:

    I wouldn’t call the thought that one particular (made up?) STI can only be contracted from a woman misogynistic, so much as I would simply call it misinformed. Likewise, I wouldn’t call the thought that diseases like HIV can only be contracted from a male misandric. There isn’t always a need for charged attacks or criticisms on men or on women for their (mis)treatment of the opposite sex. People from each gender alike are guilty and innocent. Let’s drop it? It’s silly, irrelevant and kind of rude.

  91. Jason says:

    “Men would never tolerate…” Blah, blah, blah. The following link comes from the same twisted minds who brought you “Blue Waffle.” It is called “Special Fried Rice.” http://www.specialfriedrice.net/
    Do NOT click this link if you have a sensitive stomach.
    My point in posting this is, men DO have a sense of humor. You, however, seem not to. Thank you for clarifying the myth of Blue Waffle Disease. No thank you for the misandric diatribe.

  92. Concerned says:

    All you men out there saying “Why can’t you take a joke?”… the problem isn’t that we can’t take a joke… its the fact that you obviously don’t care about our youth. When kids come into school asking what is Blue Waffle Disease, your “joke” has turned into so much worse. And don’t say, where are the parents, they should have not let their kids see that. BS! You are the parents. Adults are supposed to protect our future. Kids go on these sites thinking women are to blame for a made up disease and see all the comments thinking only the worst. It may have started out as a photoshopped joke, but now kids are in fear of a make believe disease. Thanks jokesters! Ha HA real funny!

  93. Hey, all.

    I’d just like make a few comments. Personally, I have come into a blue waffle on several occasions while slaying tail. Every time I see one I cringe with disgust. In my opinion, any woman infected with bluwaffilism should be put to death so that they don’t infect someone important. If these witches continue to pass the disease on to men, we might end up with anarchy.

    To be honest, I am very surprised to see that this article was written by a woman. I didn’t think they knew how to read, never mind write, or even have an entire website devoted to their health! What an outrage! Jesus Christ, what has society come to? Women don’t deserve to have a website that’s all about their health. Who gives a shit? Doctors only treat men for a reason – because they’re important, productive members of society.

    Personally it is appalling to see that women can learn about their health online. I mean seriously, who gives a fuck about woman’s rights? Nobody. You all will probably dispute this, but surveys have shown that there isn’t a single man in the world who gives even a quarter-fuck about women’s rights, although, there is one man in Pakistan who gave a sixteenth-fuck, but they chose to dis-include him since he was a Muslim. Furthermore, scientific research has shown that woman aren’t technically people, so, therefore, literally nobody gives a fuck about women’s rights.

    Did you ever consider that maybe there is a reason we don’t let you have rights? Can you imagine the mayhem that would ensue if we let this happen? You would all end up dead. Women aren’t allowed to get driver’s licenses in America for a reason! Plus, if women were allowed to vote, we would all end up dead. This is because women make decisions based on emotions, not on reason, like men do. They are also impulsive and tend to be about 2x-5x more neurotic on average than men are. This is all scientific fact that was agreed upon via deductive reasoning. But you all wouldn’t know what that is, considering you aren’t capable of reasoning! Silly me.

    Anyways, I hope you will all visit my site – misogynyglobal.org. It’s the new frontier in misogynistic studies. We are making some ground breaking research, but all those wanna-be Rosa Parks are lobbying against the government to stop funding us, so we are now accepting donations! Please donate to the cause! Even 50 cents can make a difference!

  94. angel m says:

    I don’t get ppl I mean if it’s a joke it’s a joke if not….. well I’d hate to have it….but there are so many more important things to get upset about….. like ppl killing kids ppl molesting kids….I mean c`Mon….. all I know is I wash my va-jay-jay e`ryday so no blue waffles for me…keepin it clean… lol…

  95. Jake says:

    Thank you Dr. Amy. Agreed we parents need to educate at home. Unfortunately some children don’t have parents. The internet may be the only source. Unfortunately again there’s a ton of bad information. Hopefully your post will be one they come across and since it covers more than just the’blue waffle’ it will help them to sort out the bad info. and actually help them when searching for information.

  96. The fuck!? says:

    And just so you all know…theirs a spoof pic for men now too..google special fried rice disease and you’ll see a screwed up dick pic. You see, google is a diety…the internet is a pandoras box of shame.

  97. Jennifer D. says:

    Dr. Amy,

    “Blue Waffles” is a street (slang) term for what is known as “Hidradenitis Suppurativa” (pertaining to HS lesions in the vulva). It is a chronic disease of the apocrine glands (sweat glands found on certain parts of the body). Please quit being ignorant.

    It is fairly common (1 in 300 women) to get it in the genital area (some statistics claim as many as 1 in 100 women), and this is what the pictures floating around the internet are showing. Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) commonly begins with red tender swelling in the groin (vaginal area), armpit, or under the breasts.

    Information can be found here:
    http://www.ajronline.org/content/185/5/1201.full

    Mayo Clinic has some information here:
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hidradenitis-suppurativa/DS00818

  98. Jennifer D. says:

    The “Blue Waffles” is a slang street term for what is more commonly known as “Hidradenitis Suppurativa”.

    I have had mild Hidradenitis Suppurativa since I was 10 years old, developed stage 1 since I was 16 years old, stage 2 at 18 and stage 3 since I was 28 years old. I am now 34. As the disease has progressed to Stage 3, the lesions are now spread to over 20 places on my vulva, mons pubis, perineum, and medial thighs.

    Information can be found here:
    http://www.ajronline.org/content/185/5/1201.full

    Mayo Clinic has some information here:
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hidradenitis-suppurativa/DS00818

    It seems to be genetic, my mom and both of my sisters have it. It seems to be more common among women, and my sisters and I all have it around our genital, and anal area, as well as under our breasts and sometimes under our armpits.

    Teenagers started spreading pictures of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) and calling it “Blue Waffle” (a “waffle” is slang term for the vaginal/vulva region). Blue Waffle is the slang “street” term for Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) outbreaks/lesions found in female genitalia.

    Yes, Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a real disease/disorder, and it does seem to be genetic and fairly common. My family has had it for several generations now, my mom has it, my grandma had it, I have it, and my sisters all have it.

    You can read more about it here: http://www.ajronline.org/content/185/5/1201.full.pdf+html

    The drainage and scars are a way of life. There are support groups for people with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). Please stop telling teenagers or kids that Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) doesn’t exist. It does exist, and it’s very real.

    I’ve had to stuff toilet paper in my underwear to prevent staining my clothes. I can’t wear jeans, and the drainage and smell is awful.

    People range from early detection (mild) to Stage 1, to Stage 2, and to Stage 3. I’ve been Stage 3 for quite a few years now, and there doesn’t seem to be any cure for the disease.

    I’ve had several surgeries (under my arms and under my breasts) where holes started to develop.

    It seems to have to do with some type of hormonal imbalance, and it does seem to be genetic. There are support groups and forums for those that have the disease, and there are counselors available to discuss the “issues” since it does hurt your self-image and self-esteem knowing that it’s something you can’t get rid of.

  99. Jennifer D. says:

    Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) exists and is just something you have to learn to cope with:

    http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Hidradenitis_Suppurativa/advice/14556847-how-do-i-cope

    HS Foundation here:
    http://www.hs-foundation.org/abouths/treatment.htm

    More info can be found here:
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hidradenitissuppurativa.html

  100. Jennifer D. says:

    For those that have Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS), it’s difficult to deal with, but you’re not alone:

    http://www.skincell.org/community/index.php?topic=19827.0

  101. Justin says:

    They actually have pics of guys that have the ‘blue waffle’ disease.

  102. Edward says:

    OK…so, this isn’t about a blue, bloody, possibly assaulted vagina (mind you android autocorrect wouldn’t spell the V word) this is a “my ovaries are bigger than your testes ” conversation. But I’m misogynistic for opening doors for women. Proving my sexist father right, women are never happy

  103. Samantha says:

    Teenagers are idiots, and the idea that only women perpetuate then spread of stds is ridiculous. I’d never heard of this “disease” but I was on someone’s art page and they had blue waffles made of clay and told us if we didn’t get the reference- google it. Now I’m just irritated someone wasted my time on this crap.

  104. Exotic says:

    “I believe that this is a perfect example of how we as a society take pleasure in objectifying and vilifying women”

    It’s not an example of that at all, let alone a perfect one. It’s an example of how you, personally, want to see confirming evidence for your pet ideology in everything.

  105. jasmyn says:

    My boyfriend and I had a conversation today and he told me to research blue waffle I could not believe what I was reading. But every website had the same thing. But reading this had me realize it no kind of disease that only women can give to men thanks for the information.

  106. sara says:

    let’s face it ladies ever since that bitch eve ate the apple am I right ladies… Men are so retarted.

  107. james says:

    these comments are ridiculous.

    1. this is not some radical making wild claims to confirm a feminist agenda. this is about women’s health, and educating teens about their bodies.

    2. anyone who, after looking at the image referenced in the photo, comes up with the idea that her condition is the result of an std that CAN ONLY BE SPREAD BY WOMEN is retarded, and needs some serious reeducation about how a woman’s body works.

    3. I am a man, and i have testicles, and they make me do stupid, stupid things. Ladies, on behalf of the idiotic men you have all undoubtedly dealt with, i apologize. some of us are smart enough to stop thinking with the little head for more than two seconds and realize that supporting and becoming educated about women’s health issues and reproductive rights has nothing to do with male status and everything to do with supporting the women we love.

    4. guys, seriously, this article does not impact you in any negative fashion, and it can help you positively impact a lot of (regrettably) stupid people. grow up already.

  108. Ralph says:

    I am mostly disturbed by your overuse of the word misogyny in pretty much every context.As you said “As a women’s health advocate, it is my duty to address this myth and tell, strike that, SHOUT the truth.”,so do that,and please leave the activism elsewhere.

  109. Mike says:

    Hey all you broads need to get back in the kitchen. Who told you you’re allowed on the internet anyways? By the way this chick thinks her vagina is a “self cleaning oven” i hope she grew a bush to keep the flies outta the pie.

  110. Rachel says:

    If you are a man and you have a problemas for with what this article is about, go the fuck elsewhere. As for Mike who asked why women are on the internet fuck you! I wonder if your mother knew what you just said how she would feel. Or your sister. Crawl into your misogynistic hole and die a horrible fucking death. There’s a little something called vaginal discharge that works as a cleaning mechanism to get foreign bodies out of the vagina.

  111. Giulia says:

    Hi guys! I’m a college student, and actually I’m taking a course called Human sexuality in ehich we’re talking about many differents types of STI ect… Im researching on the “blue waffles disesase” cause I’ve herad of it and seen that nasty pictures of both women and men genitalia on google, which Im pretty sure all of you have seen. the thing is that when I mentioned this to my teacher, whom is supposed to be an academic, she said yes u can do your presentation about that. but then again non of my classmates had an idea of what I was talking about. so my question is; is this true or not???? after I read this Im not sure no more…

  112. Kay says:

    I bumped into the made-up disease and looked it up. I’ve never heard of it and thank God, i found your blog! :) Thanks for the enlightenment.

  113. Kris says:

    I am disgusted at a lot of the men who are commenting on this page!!!! 1st you should never make fun or light of any disease! 2nd if any body is caring a disease that can be passed from them onto someone else and yet be unaffected by it, it is (the majority of time) males. 3rd for the BOY who said women belong in the kitchen well obviously you are a virgin cuz other wise you would know of the much better and funner places a woman should be (lol) and 4th EVERYBODY SHOULD DO AS THIS PERSON DID AND TALK TO A DOCTOR BECAUSE ONLY A DOCTOR CAN GIVE YOU PROPER INFORMATION ABOUT ANY DISEASE. AS THIS PERSON SAID THE WEB SITES TALKING ABOUT THIS “DISEASE” ARE ALL A MATTER OF OPINION AS IS THIS BLOG. HOPEFULLY THIS IS JUST A HOAX BUT IN CASE ITS NOT PROTECT YOURSELVES AS ALWAYS AND TALK TO A DOCTOR TO EDUCATE YOUR SELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  114. eric brown says:

    bitch bitch bitch no matter what you complain about it will always happen and besides i think part of the reason men tend to say its only transmitted by females is for the fact some females tend to blame a few things on men. all these deasises are shared by men and women equally and its not just stupid men that spread them

  115. J says:

    First off i am a man and i would remove my own testicles and give them to a science charity i love my dear wife so.
    Now the first place i heard of this condition waa from a highschooler who to be honest was an utter pig, that was about 5 to six years ago, now aside from the fact that most of these so called facts about BW are complete rubbish, [such as only being transferable to men or being caused by the vigina not being clean, i thought they wher trying to sell this as an STD not a mutated yeast infection ], if this disease has eeally been around for at least 5 years there would be more educational and factual proof, instead of a hodgepoge of shady websites. i know of teens who did place at least some stock in this foul myth and a firm educational discredit of BW would be helpful, people have enough shit going on already without a STD scare. also to Mike the SWINE who thinks that women need to do anything they dont dame well want to, well do us a favor put your head back up that foul little dick cave you call an ass and try eating your own shit, were tired of smelling it, i hope you choke on it you self centered fucktard.

  116. Caitlyn says:

    I took a look at the picture that was linked in this article, and I can see how it was done. This is a photo from a medical site for STDs like herpes, then they turned the “grabbed” highlighted areas blue in a second layer. (Or that’s how I would have done it, it’s the easiest way to accomplish what is here.)

    There’s a chance they shopped the lesions, but for the blue, I can say that it’s definitely been altered. (How can I tell? The bottom of the image, where there is hair just above the anus, the highlighted areas of hair are blue. There is no way for that to happen EXCEPT to be altered on a computer, like with Photoshop.)

    Thanks for the blog!! It’s sad that teenagers instantly go to the internet, and believe whatever is there. I don’t let my kids use the internet for more than one resource on papers. I make them find information in books as well. Talk to your kids about the internet, and show them the truth and how to see the lies. Kids at that age are SO impressionable. It’s our job as parents to make certain they understand that photos and the internet are not “Fact”.

    And the blogger here is right, this IS a perfect example of misogyny. Do you know the definition of the word? A disease that ONLY woman can give to men is a perfect example of women hate. Why else would someone come up with a disease that can ONLY be transmitted by females, when it’s ridiculous to even consider.

    Bottom line: Make sure you know the facts of a situation before you speak as fact. Otherwise, understand that it is your OPINION which is like assholes: Everyone has one, and they all stink. ;) (Yes, I DO see the irony in this.)

  117. Lynndehbout says:

    Omg!!! So gross!! It is believable that prostitues get something like dat because they have sex wid a lot of men in one night or day or howeva Dey do it, but the crap that women alone have thus.disease is ridiculoussss!!! I think teens are more dumb then the teens 10-15 years ago.

  118. Mr. K says:

    Thank for looking into this Molly. I am a 5th grade teacher & I teach a family and sexual health unit that covers puberty, pregnancy, STDS, etc. I pride myself in being very knowledgeable on these subjects, as well as being comfortable discussing them calmly & respectfully with kids who might at any moment laugh, cry, or freak out & leave the room! Having a solid foundation of knowledge of both the realities AND the myths is key to creating a safe environment where kids can discuss these issues openly to get their answers & learn what they need to know to be safe & healthy. So when one kid asked about blue waffles… I was at a loss. TOTALLY new to me & that is rare. It took some wading through the ridiculous and obviously (well, obvious to me, maybe not kids) erroneous sites before finding your blog. Kids are surfing the net more & more to find answers & it really sucks that there is so much out there to mislead them. I try to teach my kids (both my own & my students) what to watch for when deciding if a site or email message is legitimate. Much can be dismissed immediately on spelling & grammar mistakes alone! But I guess kids have to be good spellers & know what good grammar is to recognize the bad… Anyway, thanks for posting this! It was helpful in dispelling the myth with my class & it gave us a great opportunity to discuss the misogynistic tendencies our society and humankind has had throughout it’s history. From Eve & the apple to blue waffles, it’s a load of crap & we need to be better than that!
    And shame on the morons making such fools of themselves in these comments. I am almost ashamed to be a man when I read some of the ignorant drivel being spouted by males. Grow up cowards, be real men by showing respect for people regardless of gender, including respect for yourself.

  119. Jenny M. says:

    James AMEN Buddy. thank you for being a voice of reason and a positive representative of your gender.

  120. Denise says:

    Since when did it become politically correct to call someone “retarded”, “fucktard”, ‘tard, etc.? WTF is wrong with you people?

  121. Michael C says:

    part of me wonders if the term ‘blue waffles’ was created to describe a female version of ‘blue balls’.

    Regardless, thank you WHF for clarifying this ugly rumor. Another way to debunk these ‘factual’ websites, is to read the information while paying close attention to the grammar and syntax. It reads like a 15 year old with a vivid imagination wrote it – trying to be as gross as possible.

  122. Amy says:

    It is really amusing to think how ignorant ppl can be. I mean for real! diseases are not named by the appearance lol I mean really blue waffle disease aka blue vagina disease. a yeast infection is not called the cottage cheese disease and then there’s the notion that only women can spread it BUT men get it so when all these “playas” go sleeping around another woman can’t catch it? It’s all very distasteful and small minded! I mean think outside the waffle guys! A sexual assault case is not funny it’s not cute it is sad and a violent/repulsive act of hate!

  123. Sam says:

    I don’t know any more about the ‘blue waffles disease’ than before I first read this page. I completely ignored the self-serving rant on misogyny. Comparing vaginae to self-cleaning ovens did get a chuckle. hur. dur.

  124. John says:

    I was going to re-post this but after all the irrelevant inflammatory stuff in the comments from what appears to be sides, I would be embarrassed and ashamed.

  125. Luke says:

    Maybe the picture is a case of some STD or infection that the person has let go untreated for so long that it really got that bad looking. I’m surprised nobody has thought of that conclusion. I highly doubt someone would sit there and take the time to photoshop a picture of a vagina to look that bad. There does appear to be some bluing of the skin, but the brighter blue looks like a discharge or maybe a treatment cream. You can clearly see open sores all around the affected area. None of this appears to be edited. As for the “self cleaning oven” bit. Sure a woman’s vagina cleans itself, but there is always risk of some infection if a woman (or man for that matter) does not clean regularly. I’m not talking about a woman douching or a guy taking a pipe cleaner to himself, I mean basic hygiene.

    Now onto the sex game. Just because a bunch of misinformed teens heard that this one STD was only started by women is no reason to go and accuse all men of being chauvinist pigs. That’s quite bold of you to make an article clearly stating that you have no idea if this is a real thing or not, then turn right around and say it is in no way possible that it could be conjured by women. I’m sure the teens weren’t saying “Women are dirty and they are the start of all STD’s”.

    As for the jokes. Ladies, some of these men are being assholes and trying to get a rise out of you. Men, I have a sense of humor, and it’s ok to poke fun sometimes, but this is a serious article. Please grow up.

  126. redlotus says:

    I’m even more disturbed because I first googled this “disease” because of hearing about it from some of my educated, 20-30-ish female coworkers talking about it and saying that it’s “going around.”

    And to the people skeptical that this a manifestation of sexism— urban legends are a product of the culture they come from, how could they not be? If there are sexist ideas floating around in that culture, like that women’s bodies are gross without heavy maintenance while men’s bodies are “normal” and just need basic care, then of course that will come out, in exaggerated form, with hoax diseases.

  127. Tracy says:

    I figured everyone knew this was fake. Doesn’t take much digging on google to figure it out.

  128. Juice says:

    I think its safe to say that there has been a serious decline in traditional moral values in American youth. Dancing drunk on bar tops, wearing overly revealing clothing, taking naked photos, or even just engaging in inappropriate discussion all serves to entertain and perpetuate the corrosion of modern American morality. What type of response is that supposed to invoke from males? Not that it excuses the overly aggressive and disrespectful tone of courtship that seems to be popular among young men right now but I think the tone would change quickly if men who took this approach were “shot down” immediately. My Grandmother who knock out your front teeth quick if you ever commented on how “slammin her ass looks in them jeans”, let alone even consider engaging in further conversation with a person who carries themselves like that.Please excuse me for not having the same respect for today’s women, but what the fuck is going on here? Ask your mom or gram-ma what she thinks of today’s young woman. We as men are no better. Where is the forethought? Do you wanna tell your kids you met there mother at a wet t-shirt contest. Do you really want your daughter to feel comfortable going to “thong Thursdays” at “The Slippery First Saloon”? We need to demand more out of ourselves and each other. Self control and accountability need to become more prevailing traits than primal urge and desire for attention or the decline will just continue.

  129. Anthon says:

    Back to the facts: the “blue waffle” search term on Wikipedia redirects to the page for “Sexually Transmitted Disease”, even though the article does not even have the phrase “blue waffle”.

  130. Thatonedude says:

    Wait wait wait, Since when are there computers in the kitchen?… O.o

  131. truestory says:

    All the adults from the previous generations get mad at how the younger generations afe acting but they obviously forgetwho raised us. So before you older people start pointing the finger you ought to take a look in the mirror and give yourself a nice patt on the back bc you made your children this way now deal with it bc nothing will change. Girls are gonna continue to be little sluts and boys are gonna continue to be immature little assholes that dont know how to respect woman bc there father was probly a peice of shit too!!!

  132. Audrey says:

    As a woman, I am very much offended by this fabricated disease. As a French-American, I am offended by the term ”Pardon my French.” Slut is an American insult, not a French one.

  133. Kate says:

    This is great information, appropriately sourced, and vital to help all people sort fact from fiction in a highly (as demonstrated by the comments here) polarized sexual climate.

    With that being said, does no one moderate these articles? It’s ridiculous some of the unproductive, off-topic crap that’s on here. What is the benefit of trolling a women’s health site? What benefit do you gain, man compelled to decry usage of ‘misogyny’? What business is it of your’s?

  134. Melissa says:

    I think it’s a hoax too but my sister is an RN and said she sees it all the time at the emergency room. Mainly in prostitutes.

  135. Baydu Akgün says:

    depply nice info, thank you very mucx for your effort in writing the posts, Best regards from Brazil

  136. deimos says:

    anyone who thinks that this is hating on women your wrong.

  137. Rene says:

    You know… this is not the place for sexism. The writer is trying to kill a rumor, and if it is true, then medical sites need to make the information available. If none of the medical sites/medical authorities support the rumor, then it is most likely an urban legend.

  138. Frieda says:

    Since when is this not misogynistic? I mean, for God’s sake, it’s focusing right in on vaginas, making a display of them as ‘dirty’ and ‘gross’ for mostly male teenage viewers to snigger at, and the whole “only transmitted by women” thing clearly demonstrates a fear and revulsion of women’s bodies. How much clearer can a display of misogyny be than zooming right in on a woman’s genitalia and making a big public show of how disgusting and frightening it is?

    If you don’t understand why this is misogynistic, I would suggest you take a media literacy course. Then at least you’ll be one less person unable to understand the whys and wherefores of myths like these.

  139. kim says:

    I think this is a perfect example of how too much information, too much spare time, not enough discipline or fresh air has kids with over stimulated minds finding something inappropriate to pass the time with. Take away the cell phones and laptops from 6 year olds, make them play outside and see what kind of imaginative things they will come up with…..jesus.

  140. Damus says:

    lol @ “self-cleaning oven” haahaa
    Oh man I figured it was fake when there was no wikipedia site on it. Also, some folks need to grow the fuck up and stop acting like there is a war between sexes.
    You are not a man if you to need to belittle or hit a female.
    To all these boys commenting kitchen jokes n all that bullshit you probably still live with your mother. So you better go give her a kiss on her cheek and tell her you love her because that lady has done about everything she can for your ass.
    Real women deserve a real man, these lil games being played out smh I bet 90% of these so-called men don’t even talk like that in person….simps always got something to say.
    Smooth day folks it is a rumor.

  141. hazygirl says:

    well, i’ve been searching and searching for a believable depiction of what blue waffle could possibly be, and was extremely happy to stumble upon this blog. I remember being told my junior year of high school that it was a disease contracted from bacteria on women’s “toys” after being used and used again without having been washed. Thank you for putting the truth out there for everyone to see. I’d hate to continue believing in something so stupid….

  142. Collie says:

    Wow, I’m happy to know more about Blue Waffle Disease and how women give it to men. I can’t believe that there are bitch women out there that won’t clean their va jay jay holes and could give me the disease! Could it make my scrotum turn blue? Didn’t you bitches have mamas that taught you better? Or is it some sort of woman code to give the blue disease to every dude she can? I will only sleep with 100% Blue Waffle Free girlies. And yes, I’ll require a choot exam before my pole goes anywhere near a girl.

  143. Lori says:

    I first heard of “The Blue Waffle Disease” last month. I saw the pictures and I knew right away they were photoshpped. I have a diploma in Sports Medicine. I have worked for several years in multiple physician offices. I had never experienced anything like that. If any woman wants her labia or vagina to look like that, then she can take a picture of herself, and combine it with another picture of some well tenderized steak. Then Photoshop them together to achieve the same effect.

  144. Doc2003 says:

    My daughter has been talking about this ‘condition’ and frankly it scared the ‘mess’ out of her – and while that might be a good thing (being scared) as that in and of itself may reinforce good decision making, the fact is the other ‘doc’ was right – there is nothing in the ‘literature’ about this . . . That written, there is material in the literature about “Haemophilus ducreyi” and the condition that it causes – go to wiki, look it up, and inform yourself. BTW – I have seen plenty of stuff in clinic that is scary – do yourselves a favor and consider abstinence.

  145. Forensics1 says:

    After years of digging out all sorts of digital evidence (images, emails, cell phone texts, etc…) involving infidelity, rape, assault and other crimes against women I thought I had seen it all. Then, today, while examining a computer for another type crime, I stumble on more than 300 full color, graphic, images all supposedly related to “Blue Waffle” disease. To me it was obvious that someone had doctored multiple images of other STDs and and thrown them up on the Internet (literally, if you understand) so idiots could come along, see them, and feel like they had confirmed the existence of Blue Waffle disease.

    Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you, the Internet is fast becoming the source of all things misleading, untruthful, evil and just plain stupid. If you have any common sense, use it, especially where information from the Internet is concerned.

    While I am NOT apologizing for having the X chromosome, like James on July 26th. In fact James, I will let you in on a little secret. Women actually like great sex, when they allow it. If you do stupid stuff then apologize for yourself, not for me.

    The guy that owns the computer I was looking at today must be insane to have all of those images, and a few hundred more, on his drive. There is no valid medical or sexual need to have that many explicit and absolutely tragic images on one’s computer. I think I even saw some Child Pornography and if that is confirmed this guy is going off to Law Enforcement land very soon. That won’t cure him, but it might keep him from harming another woman. That is all that one can hope for with a sick, narcissistic, SOB.

  146. Laura says:

    Who taught most of you to A.Spell B. Compose a sentence, C. Use the shift key to actually make a capital letter.
    As for the rest of the comments, anyone with a bit of common sense can figure this one out. And yes, the Vagina is self cleaning. Good system, I am always happy if someone, anyone opens a door for me. Aren’t there more important things to be doing then cussing other people out on the internet. As a mother, and after being an RN for 30 years, most of them spent in the ED, I am always amazed at what people will believe. And how far from the truth it usually is. Go home, talk with your kids honestly about STD’s Sex and keep them safe from the real diseases out there.

    Laura

  147. Kevin says:

    This article really helped alot on understanding the meaning of ” blue waffles”. If i didnt read this i would of asked myself what the fuck is that! Seeing all the disgusting pics on google i just couldnt believe. So i decided to research it and now i am somewhat educated on this thing. Thank u molly for some real info:) ur right about all the fake crap on the internet its pretty stupid on all the lies these ppl try to put in our heads these days. I guess some teenagers can agree that we r a little gullible.

  148. vagina fairy says:

    I actually find this hilarious, not the webpage but the comments. People need to stop taking unnecessary shit to heart. PARDON MY FRENCH also do you guys just sit behind your computer screens searching blue waffle? Because I am shocked at the number of males commenting bulshit on this site oh and ladies, just because she said her vagina is a self cleaning over; I really do hope you still wash your fairys

  149. joel says:

    the sad part is that, while obviously fake photos and urban-legend like rumormill information, this is a real term used in ERs. usually about non-educated females who have no sense of personal hygene. the fact that the author uses the act of informing the populace of her research to advance her feminist views detracts from its actual value. there is nothing funny about this. there is nothing mysogenistic about it. it originates from childish ER personel who use colloquial terms for medical conditions. blue waffle is a catch all for STDs that are not treated until they reach a horrid state. just like fdgb (fall down go boom) is used to refer to all elserly falls which are more a case of ataxia or clumsiness than a CVA or MI. or ETS (east texas syndrome) is used for all “less than educated” accidents which probably began with
    “hey! watch this!” so sad the facts have gotten lost in a need to villify men and teens ignorance instead of factually debunking…..

  150. Rob says:

    Hey, great article, I love your writing style – do you blog/contribute anywhere else? It’s rare that I read someone’s work on the internet that I actually enjoy! Take care.

  151. Nokkie says:

    This is a couple of years old, at least. I originally found it on the 4Chan image boards.

    they even assumed it was real back then.

    I don’t think it’s an STD my self. Maybe an infection gone wrong.

    I’m not an expert on Photoshop, but I have been using it for over 5 Years and went to college for it.

    I’d say if it’s Photoshopped, it would be very minimal, at best.

    my vote is for a really nasty infection (like gangrene) mixed with herpes and maybe sexual assault(?) ..

    .. but either way, it’s nasty looking.

  152. Ash says:

    Well, wow!

    After reading the article and all the comments that followed, I am a little dazed. I am not sure which scares me, the article or the comments. I thought the article was well written and researched, which is what I was seeking. I am a full time college student (Psyche major) at a local college; during a smoke break in the parking lot, mention was made of a “blue waffle.” When I asked about the reference, I was told to Google it and try not to get nauseated. Naturally, when I saw it, I wanted to see if there was anything legitimate about it–thank you Molly, you saved me the trouble when I stumbled onto your article. As I suspected, it is hokum.

    As for the comments, some of you women (you know who you are) need to put down the accusing finger, take off the Dalmatian coat, and chill! And some of you guys (you know who you are) need to grow up and recognize a serious subject when you see it. There are two here; STDs and women’s feelings.

    God love you, ladies–I know I do!

    Peace

  153. Chem says:

    Assuming the picture is not fake, I wonder if the blue color could be stain from gentian violet or some similar product. For those unfamiliar, it is both a dye and a somewhat old fashioned antiseptic and antifungal treatment.

  154. I hardly leave responses, however after reading through some of the remarks on The Blue Waffles Myth | Women’s Health Foundation- Community Blog. I do have some questions for you if you do not mind. Could it be simply me or does it give the impression like some of the responses come across like they are coming from brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are writing on additional online social sites, I would like to follow anything new you have to post. Could you list of every one of all your social networking pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

  155. Dahlia says:

    …wow. I looked it up, and it’s pretty nasty. I can’t imagine what kind of person would think to create that, if they did. I agree with the author of this article that it’s demeaning to women, because if it is a disease, then you shouldn’t exploit it like that. :/

  156. Heather says:

    I am a high school student and my friends were joking around about this blue waffle and I didn’t believe the pictures and I found this site and I’m happy to hear its a myth and I wish more people my age knew it is only a myth and not real.

  157. ahaaaa! says:

    So I heard about this Blue Waffle from a MA I work with, and none of this added up. None of the BS all over the internet, nor this classic bourgeois white 2nd waver response to it all. I ended up searching through the comments, which while hilarious were still not quenching my thirst for knowledge. Thats when I came upon Joel Oct 13. Oh thank you Joel, now it finally all makes sense. As someone who has done EMT rotations in a few ERs I am familiar with the rampant, and many times hilarious colloquial terms for medical conditions. Although they may not be PC, when you deal with that much trauma and death you have to have something to laugh about or you cry all the time. Though it sucks that it has become so rampant in high schools what do you really expect from a culture as void as this that objectifies and dehumanizes all “genders”. Besides back in my day there was a little thing called goatse.cx which the FBI has taken down, kids are going to look at fucked up things on the internet and they are doing it from a way younger age then you think. Thus parents talk to your kids and have honest conversations about everything, especially sex, as uncomfortable as it will make both of you.

  158. courtney says:

    ty i seen this with a few other issues i couldnt believe it kinda disgusted me. i myself was digging deep into it till i came upon this site.

  159. Rachel B. says:

    @ahaaaa!, (and indirectly, @Joel); it’s interesting that you’d rather believe a random guy on the internet who claims to be a medical professional than the actual doctors consulted for the article.

    At any rate, whether this is an existing medical slang term or not, the article’s analysis of the urban legend surrounding the image is still completely valid. A horrifying disease that ‘slutty’ girls get from not washing their vaginas enough, and can only be passed from them to the innocent guys who fall prey to these Jezebels? That doesn’t sound misogynistic to you at all?

  160. Wow! Thank you! I continually wanted to write on my site something like that. Can I implement a portion of your post to my site?

  161. Ashley says:

    so are you telling me that there is no such thing as blue waffle?… :0

  162. Kisses that are easily obtained are easily forgotten. – English Proverb

  163. Melissa says:

    I have a small segment on a local Toronto podcast. I will most definitely bring this up, as my ten minute segment is about sexual health education. When the website is up and running I would very much like to link to this article, with your permission. Thank-you for posting this. Meli :)

  164. Zachary Wyant says:

    I am not from any website. Nor am I a credible writer.
    All that I really want to say is that the quoted response from this medical professional is extremely feminist.

    She obviously has at least a dislike for men, even if she is attracted to them. And if that is not the
    case, then she is most likely a lesbian.

    That being said she is obviously a trustworthy source when it comes to gynecology. Other than that she is either just another women with a broken heart, or a feminist.

    And the fact that you chose to post her reply in your article just goes to show that you agrees with what she said. Maybe I am wrong, and both of you are just extraordinarily secretive when it comes to how sexually active you actually are. And pretend to be the opposite in order to keep up your reputation as professionals.

    But as far as I am concerned, as a man who denies sex on a frequent basis, in search of a woman I find worthy, you are just bigots, who have falsely earned a position where you are allowed to publicly state your opinion.

  165. Zachary Wyant says:

    I almost feel bad for saying that, seeing as how I was raised by a single mother. As a matter of fact she is the only person I happen to be afraid of.

    It just infuriates me to see that women do not realize that there happen to men that feel the same way. No matter who you are you are never the only one who feels the way you do when it comes to a certain subject.

    In another one of my honest opinions. I would have distrusted this response from the so called “Medical Professional” strictly on how hateful her statements obviously were. You can’t trust anyone who has a hateful point of view no matter how far from it the topic may be.

    And it seemed as though that the author of this article, and the professional she quoted both had an obvious distaste for males.

    I am not saying it was a bad article. It was fun to read, until I stumbled across the undeniable prejudice that most likely allowed this article to be posted on a website in the first place.

    My first instinct as a first time visitor was “Wow! A credible website! Unfortunately there are not many of these.” But once I read this article, it just fueled the unmitigated hatred I have towards people whose voice is heard above others based solely on the fact that they have a piece of paper (Diploma) that claims they are trustworthy.

    As educated and intelligent as you all claim to be, it saddens me to see that women, the gender that taught me to love all others, are just as weak when it comes to their personal beliefs as Klu Klux Klan members.

    Let go of your own opinions and stick to the facts. Stop ruining perfect articles by showing how weak you are.

    I sincerely hope I do not upset anyone, but in my honest opinion, you should never publish an article of hate. No matter how subtle it is.

  166. Zachary Wyant says:

    Even though I agree with what I am told by everyone including Psychologists. Which is that I show women more care and respect than I show men.

    I do not do it openly, it is always very subtle. And just to let you know I do not want you to post any of these. These posts are me describing my feelings after looking up a picture my friends told me to see, and becoming enraged over a completely opinionated article, which is somehow confused for a professional writing.

    Women want equal treatment, which is something I agree with to an undeniable extent. But, if I ever met the Gynecologist who was quoted, or the writer who was rewarded enough to have this officially posted.

    I would show you how physically equal you are. I would fight you just like you were another man who happened to irritate me beyond belief. It is stressful to see, that no matter how superior I KNOW women are. That there are still women like you.

    It is depressing to the point of astonishment.

    If there is a god, which I believe there is. And I am nowhere near being affiliated with any known religion. Then he will send you to the same place as the British Military generals who happily murdered their own colonists, just because they had different opinions.

    And trust me, I am no different. We all have our personal taste, and being a straight man. I want nothing more, than for women to know that physically you are never going to be equal without drugs. But to know that intellectually, you do not need to sink down to the level of a man.

    And as far as I am concerned, this article did both. To quite a dramatic extent.

    P.S.

    Grow Up -Zachary James Wyant

  167. kd says:

    im only 12 and my friends have came up to me and asked me have i ate a blue waffle and i said yes because i thought they were talking about blueberry waffles but they were talking about that disease so now i feel stupid:[

  168. kimberly says:

    Thank God it is only a myth…….. I was beginning to think that another diease has surfaced without a cure. THANXXXXXX A BUNCH FOR YOUR ARTICLE.

  169. ben saunders says:

    Well… I have read the story, and basically, from my point of view, that the writer is nothing more, from the very beginning, a over zealous, stereotyping, misandristic sceptic who finds great pride in jumping to judge people for “judging women”, the sort of cry rape feminists who are polluting today’s women with the absurd idea that men are any lesser beings that themselves.
    her instant scepticism was so very potent it was almost cringe-worthy, and the total slandering of today’s online youth was very misdirected, I believe she mean teens as in the sort of street culture youth of today, not us nerdy fanatics, so, in total, although I may not object to her on the subject of the blue waffle, I totally disagree with her… almost “bitchy”, forgive me, tone in which she bludgeons such a small giggle amongst friends.

  170. Mel says:

    I don’t think that it matters when it comes to her personal opinions on the guys vs. girls and who said what stuff. girls can be just as vicious as a male and who knows, a woman who was pissed at a girl who stole her boy could have started the myth on this “disease.” The important part is that she is credible when it comes to saying that the “disease” is just another stupid hoax that someone started because they were bored with their own life.

  171. In our defense says:

    To be honest, no one (as a teenager) REALLY thinks it’s a disease spread from male to female. It’s for the most part, a joke. A “meme”, which might I add is nothing to be taken seriously. Google the term trolling, no one really thinks this crap is real or that there is a disease that women can give to men, and reading into it too much as men judging women does nothing less than make unbiased individuals such as myself look down on your opinion.

  172. sgrmse. says:

    AMEN for articles like these. thank goodness you debunked this—i freaked out when my friend told me to google “blue waffles.”

  173. olu says:

    It’s funny how some idiots are trying to claim that the blue waffle vag was raped or “brutalized” with no evidence and out of mere whim. Sorry to disappoint you, but it’s just a nasty pussy that wasn’t taken care of by the owner.

  174. Henkel- says:

    And to all the guys here claiming they’d do anything for a woman, I don’t consider you a man. Please, don’t speak on behalf of all men; you’re an embarrassment (specifically, to the guy that said he would cut his balls off for his wife). If you’re a woman, you can’t define what a real man is either. Wanna know why? Because you have a pussy, you idiot, you don’t know. Instead you define what you want.

  175. anon says:

    I am a female college student and I just found out about “blue waffles” today.
    I really hope that the woman of that vagina was not a victim of rape or assault because that is pretty much the image I am getting from reading the GYN’s description.
    I am very ashamed by society and how women are treated. This is disgusting.
    It’s a disgrace and I feel so offended.

    I go to a diverse college and I have met some jerks who think that there is nothing wrong with “rape” and I’ve heard things like “No really means Yes.” and “Girls love rape fantasies.” and “White women love being raped.”

    As a woman I’m pissed at my generation. Women need to let men know that NO! MEANS FREAKING NO! There should be stricter laws protecting women and their well being whether it be sexual, physical or mental. Women have been victimized far too long and it’s about time we spoke up.

  176. Mercalyn says:

    I, as most people, learned of the cursed “blue waffle” through my cousins. They told me not to google an image for it(but of course I did!), what I saw what pretty disturbing.

    In fact, it was so disturbing, weeks later I had to re-google it to see what infectious disease that came from. Lo and behold, it was probably faked. Thanks for your blog, it had me(female) worried there!

  177. H says:

    It makes me so sad that, even in the face of a well-researched and -written article, that so much willful ignorance and hate can exist. I understand that there are young men who are frustrated because they feel that the feminist movement is about condemning men. But it isn’t.

    This hateful backlash, the violence against women that is so openly espoused online (most shamefully, as a subject for amusement)–it seeps into the lives of young people in the real world. This myth is a prime example. Empowering our youth–male and female–by educating them, encouraging them to build character, and providing a safe place for dialogue is important.

    I try to remind myself that trolls like these are only cowards. That their anger stems from issues they have yet to deal with. But I can’t be ok with it when I know that it can, and has, managed to fool those who should have known better. Thanks for debunking.

  178. Taylor says:

    Alright I think you all are missing the point. THIS “DISEASE” IS NOT REAL!! And quite honestly, no stds cause bright blue discoloration like that. So it is photoshopped. In fact, no std causes bruising, so it is quite possible that the pictures are from some form of trauma, whether it be rape, or maybe falling on a balance beam and land on your crotch, or just really rough consensual sex not to mention GIVING BIRTH. So yeah that my piece.

  179. Leela says:

    Hey, Zach, your mom called. She wants her bra back. She said to tell Joel he can keep her thong, not that he’s w

  180. Sara says:

    Thanks for writing this. I finally gave in and looked up blue waffle after someone posted your link. I can be a bit of a hypochondriac so I’ve looked up and seen a lot of stuff so the pic wasn’t shocking. Someone commented that it’s a meme and people know it’s a joke, but there’s a good chance some younger kids and teens don’t. Thanks for the information! I guess my side thought would be that ‘waffle’ is an odd word for a vagina, never heard that before. I guess it’s a code word to hide the conversation.

  181. SHaberger says:

    Molly, were those statements meant as a joke?

    “Didn’t we learn that our vagina is a self-cleaning oven the first day of class?!” I told myself)…incredibly misogynistic explanation of an “STD” only being transferable by women. PLEASE.

    If no joke, you are probably born in the 60s or so. Wouldn’t it be misogynistic that most available treatments for STDs are made for women and their male partners are usually treated alongside. Should make us think who carries all that stuff around in their ‘self-cleaning oven’!?

  182. Very helpful post. Thank you so much for sharing.

  183. Scott says:

    Thanks so much for researching this item. As a health educator I’ve had a number of young people over the past couple of years ask me about “the blue waffle.” I could only speculate about what it actually was, but it was always a good teachable moment to talk about the issues you’ve raised here (woman-blaming, modes of transmission, inappropriate sources for health info). I’ve also got to say I’m grateful that this is now one of the results for a Google search for “blue waffle.” I’ll now refer to anyone who asks about it to this blog.

  184. Scott says:

    **correction: one of the TOP results for a Google search for “blue waffle.”

  185. christina says:

    This blog was very helpful my nephew had just told me to Google blue waffle I didn’t have any idea what that was so I did… it was very disturbing what I had seen I decided to look for real answers your blog was a big help I immediately forward it to my nephew thank so much for the research you have done big help once again will keep referring this blog..

  186. Asteria says:

    Honestly, this is incredibly depressing. Women of the world, men are not out to get us. They are human beings with morals and ethics, and we should treat them as such.
    I’m not trying to be mean here, just very frank. Most of the women who have written here… you are Americans, Canadians, etc. Until you leave the security of your homes and the lies of the press, you cannot understand the issue here: I have seen women who work in the fields while men sit in the shade, young girls who are led into false relationships with men who have no intention of having a long-term relationship, and then being left with a child and no money and no job. I have seen men with three wives and 21 children, and I can tell you right now – they are not evil. They are not even mean. From what I can see, they are wrong, because the members of my sex are clearly not happy with what they have been dealt. But that is Uganda, and Ghana, and Mali. These are the countries where sexism happens – this is the world I have been exposed to since I was seven years old. And although you do not know it, most of the people in this world believe that you are ignorant (and in some cases, you were – i.e. Invisibile Children, who live down the street from me and do not do anything at all, I can assure you).
    Women are superior to men emotionally, because they need to understand feelings to raise children. Men are superior physically. We are equal mentally. So what’s the problem?
    I do not understand feminists for this reason – being a woman, I try to be equal to men in my own way, as a rational person who tries to educate and lead, not force opinions on others.
    I urge you to stop trying to overpower men, it will just end in misery and more bitterness between the sexes. From what I have seen, most men love women and want them to be equal (it makes the dynamic more exciting, anyway). Throwing insults in their faces when they’re being nice… That is rude and uncalled for.

  187. H says:

    While asking my 7th grade art students to come up with a “class mascot” 1 student suggested blue waffles. I unknowingly, put it on the board. Then other students started laughing and told me it was inappropriate….? I just gave them a blank stare, trusted their honesty and erased it. Came home and googled it. Luckily this page also came up to help me disband any rumors. I am pretty sure I will be informing my class tomorrow that it is a Photoshopped image and a hoax that they all fell for. Such a ridiculous thing and all the youth that will grow up believing this is possible. False information is just disgusting!

  188. Timothy Marshall says:

    This was the first page I came to after hearing about blue waffles. I was struggling to ensure that the first page I opened had some legitimacy about it. Thank you for your investigation and report.

  189. S. Licari says:

    My husband told me about this “disease”. He said that it came from women who had sex with dogs and only women could get the extreme symptoms because men didn’t have as moist an environment for friendly bacteria growth. He also said that men could carry the disease and pass it on to more women even though the men could not themselves display any symptoms of infection. He also informed me that it was both deadly and confirmed as medical fact. So I looked it up, because none of the things that he was saying made much sense. I was both distrubed and disgusted by the things I’ve read (though I was equally so by what he told me). How can people just believe things and spread rumors without even trying to confirm facts? and why is it always the woman’s fault?

  190. Sick says:

    So I’ve been throwing up from food poisoning from a restaurant and finally was better until I ate something today and then I was trying not to puke. Still am. I told my cousin that I’m still sick so he sends me the blue waffles pic. Yeah I know, dick right? Then he sends me a pic of a guy puking because he saw blue waffles. I’m really trying to hold it down now but my initial reaction was that it was a deceased woman’s vagina with maggots ( if it wasnt photoshopped of course). Either way I deleted it. So gross. Why would someone exploit that? I remember goat.se ( not cx where we were) and it was not blue waffle or two girls one cup bad. So could it have been a deceased chick’s vajayjay with maggots? Ok I’m gonna get off before I start spewing chunks.

  191. Sick says:

    P.s. why is there even stupid banter about the genders? It’s a nasty pic that kids find hilarious because its shocking. Rapes, abuse, stds and gender have nothing to do with this pic. Drama queens

  192. tony says:

    Okay, I’m no doctor, and I’m no pharmacist but I DID happen to do a stint working as a nurse aide in a nursing home so I’ve seen some crotches in my life. I am also aware that there are medications that some elderly patients take that turn the color of their urine blue. This is basically used kind of like the plaque finder tablets that they give little kids to chew on so that it dyes their plaque red so they know where to brush better. This medication works the same way…it helps medical professionals see where urine pools against the body of an incontinent patient so they know what part of the body to keep extra clean to prevent skin breakdown. Being that this may very well be an incontinent elderly woman, the skin breakdown and lesions could very well be due to the fact that she is incontinent.

  193. Roberta says:

    Thanks so much for your sane and reasoned explanation.
    I’m teaching human sexuality classes to my grade 6 class and this came up today!
    After 25 years teaching it was the first I’d heard of it.
    Now, hopefully, I can debunk the myth for my 11 and 12 year olds so it doesn’t go any farther.

  194. Ariel says:

    Molly,
    Oh my God, as a teenager reading this… This is the one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever looked into. I’ve heard students and others joke about it. Such as, “Oh, only prostetutes can get them,” and then laughing like it’s funny. This is sick and nerve wrecking, thank you very much for posting this, I will be sure to carry it on. ESPECIALLY to the immature guys who believe that it’s okay to objectify women.
    Thank you,
    ~ Ariel

  195. François says:

    Zachary, I’m impressed of your comments because I’ve never seen something more stupid in my entier life on the internet.
    This is an article saying basically that 1) this desease is not real and that 2) it’s not true that some STD are passed only from women to men, two statements that are true. Now, from this, you found a way to explain to us that the writer is a feminist who hates men and had a broken heart and that the doctor quoted is a lesbian, you compared both of them to British colonialist murderers and people from the KuKluxKlan. You told us as well how a diploma from the university, or should I say a “piece of paper”, is not to trust. Well, congratulations! What a clever argumentation! I’ve never seen so much stupidity. If you don’t understand read again your post.

  196. Jamie S says:

    How did the replies to the article get turned round to the supposedly feminist views of the author? It doesn’t really matter.

    Anyway… back to the whole point of this page… Is it not possible that this could be a common, real disease that was left untreated and got really, really bad? It seems kinda sick somebody just pulled it out of nowhere. Guess there are some weird people out there though. Good news if it is completely made up though!

  197. Sin says:

    Lots of people commenting that women are mentally sulerior tl men…guess im not smarter than the mentally handicapped girl I went to high school with…damnit whos been tieing my shoes for the last 20 odd years??? Guess it was a woman who also has the skills of a ninja…

    Seriously…you people are dumb as hell…I cant believe the crap im seeing here even from the people who pretend to be enlightened forward thinkers. You cant say all genders and races are equal then point out how theyre actually equal because their merits and flaws ballance out. Humans are individuals people…turns out I was smarter than that girl at school…im also stronger faster have better social skills and I can dance better…im pretty well superior to her in every way. Does that make all men superior to all women??? Dont be a fucking idiot…there was a mentally handicaped boy there too…

    And for the people who keep saying ‘I cant imagine why someone would waste time fabricating something like this.’ Join the rest of us in the information age and use the internet to look up trolling…youre embarrassing the entire species…

    The bottom line??? Youre all idiots who demonstrate the failure of darwinism in the modern world…way to dilute the gene pool ass hats…

  198. Lynn says:

    As a Registered Nurse I can tell you that the so called “blue waffle disease” is bull. It distracts from very real STDs. We see young men and women come into the clinic with not one, but two and three STDs. That is factual and scary.

  199. billrow says:

    They actually taught that blue waffle disease was real in my son’s highschool health class.

  200. Ally says:

    This really just blew my mind. So many people my age feel that it’s okay to talk about this so called “disease” and in high school sometimes it’s hard to find things out so I had to research myself. My health teacher also had no idea what it was when some of the guys brought it up during class and I am really glad I came across this so I can inform everyone on it. This is awful to say the least.

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  202. Zak says:

    I’m a sexual health teacher in the UK and this evening delivering a session on Blue Waffles as the young people are obsessed with the term. Great article and very helpful as I hadn’t heard the term until recently. Thanks!

  203. Carolyn says:

    Thank you so much for your helpful blog. The photo that came up from my google search was so shocking (I’m sure it’s the same as the one you saw) that I didn’t read any of the text, just got away from the page as quickly as possible. We are evaluating several US teen pregnancy prevention curricula for 13-19-year-olds and had heard youth mentioning it in focus groups and in discussions about STIs/STDs. I’ll forward the link to your blog to my colleagues and to the folks implementing the programs we’re evaluating. VERY helpful! Thank you!

  204. Dev says:

    Very informative and finally answered my teenage question on if the “blue waffle” is real or not. Now I have something to tell my questionate friends at school about this supposed disease. Once more, thank you.

  205. Steve says:

    Thank you for this very informative and needed article. I have a daughter and I do want to be able to put her mind at ease about non-sense like this. I am also a Middle School teacher at as such am asked questions about these hoaxes many times. However, I am somewhat astonished at the writers want to make this into something it is not. She seems to be on an anti.male rant. These pictures could not have been made without female help. Misogyny exists and it is a shame but there is also quite a bit of male bashing out there also. The writer wants to vilify those responsible and rightly so, but then she turns around and commits the same offense.

  206. Steve says:

    Thank you for this very informative and needed article. I have a daughter and I do want to be able to put her mind at ease about non-sense like this. I am also a Middle School teacher at as such am asked questions about these hoaxes many times. However, I am somewhat astonished at the writers want to make this into something it is not. She seems to be on an anti.male rant. These pictures could not have been made without female help. Misogyny exists and it is a shame but there is also quite a bit of male bashing out there also. The writer wants to vilify those responsible and rightly so, but then she turns around and commits the same offense.

  207. Kathi Barker says:

    Thank you so very much! I am currently teaching HG&D to 7th grade girls and just heard about this. The girls did not know what it is. I told them I would try my best to find out. When I googled it, sure enough! There was the dumb stuff. I almost gave up-your blog was the last one on the first page that came up (of course) and I was not planning on going much further with the non-scientific supported blogs. I will print this and share with them tomorrow.

  208. Marcus Wimberly says:

    Im a 9th grade Health Teacher and Blue Waffle has been the topic of discussion and I was clueless, thanks for the information and I will relay the info to my students.

  209. Aggie says:

    Thanks for this article. Those pictures are so graphic and disturbing when you Google the term. I had to closemy at the computer screen and was afraid to click on any links for fear another picture would pop up! Thanks for keeping our classy, informative, and actually asking doctors about this.

  210. Maggie Gartenhöfer says:

    Thank you so much! The Myth even reached Out to Germany. Sadly its everywhere in Facebook. But your article helped Out a Lot!

  211. Erica Thompson says:

    I found the Blue waffle thing on a meme, I’m 16 and when i heard of the STD it sort of scared me. i wanted to find anything about it medical wise. dead end everywhere! thanks for explaining what this hoax is.

  212. Emma connor says:

    Thank you for this informative piece, as a teaching assistant in a middle school I was asked about this today, I’m no prude and I had never heard of this term before, so came straight home to goggle it, I’m glad I can now dispell any rubbish that has been put into the over active minds of teenagers! Thanks.

  213. Denisha says:

    I personally cannot believe it is 2013 and people STILL believe everything they hear and read without research or investigation. I hope teachers read this article and begin teaching the importance of research when believing any spoken or written word, especially if it seems to good to be true, because most likely it is. Now I am going to the bank to cash this money order I received from a distant Ethiopian relative that left me one million dollars. Kthxbai!

  214. Patrisha says:

    Thank you so much for this information. It sad to say but I was in my nursing class when some fellow students had told me about “blue waffle”. I will definitely share this blog so they have correct information on this. Thank You

  215. Kerry says:

    As a student whose class was taught Sex Ed and STDs for the first time in the long time, this was extremely helpful. Everybody in the class believes this is true and I couldn’t believe that even an STD like this could exist. Lucky I looked it up and found this, you’re right there’s absolutely no medical or reliable source. Thank you!

  216. John Stevens says:

    This is stupid. Anything with that severity of symptoms would be diagnosed as AVVO – Acute Vaginal Venereal Outbreak, not “Blue Waffle” whatever that is supposed to mean.

  217. Lisa Pitt says:

    the disease is actually real and is in the Portsmouth Virginia area there are several people in the seven cities in Virginia with the disease. there has also been two fatalities from the disease known of in the area. therefore you might try getting in touch with doctors in the southern states where the disease generated.

    1. Ebony says:

      Lisa, as a nursing student I must ask, if this is true why is it not turning up in medical journals and articles? Also please reference me a peer reviewed journal article that describes this disease. Otherwise I will have to assume you have no idea what you are talking about and you are just out to tarnish females in general with no real medical knowledge and this are talking out of complete ignorance

  218. Kennedy says:

    Just heard the term and couldn’t believe it was true… and I was right. Thanks for this and keep getting it out there!!
    (also, I’m from the south and there is no such disease in Virginia or whatever)

  219. from "the South" says:

    Luckily, there are no deaths from this “disease”. Deaths at waffle houses, people waffling during murder cases, deaths at blue ridge places, blue crab disease (don’t worry, it kills crustaceans), oh and people actually committing violent acts with waffle irons. Happy to report that our vaginas are as safe in the South.

  220. Sara says:

    There is no disease like this in Virginia, Lisa. I don’t know where you got that idea but obviously it is false. I live in NC and have been to Virginia several times (practically a second home state since my family goes there at least once a year) and have yet to EVER hear of people being affected by “blue waffle.” Anyway, thank you debunking this rumor. It seems pretty unbelievable, and being a teenager myself I know the crazy disgusting things teens come up with. Why people like to think this stuff up is beyond me.

  221. Inane Rambler says:

    Muh feelz

  222. Everbound Venvel says:

    Out of extremely morbid curiosity, I googled it. It looks to me to be a bunch of abalone shells photoshopped onto a vulva and vagina. Of course, the fact that I am an artist who frequently uses photoshop means I have a trained eye. Now granted, this is only my best guess as to the origin of the image. But really, this is a shocker that was taken way too far.

  223. Lyric says:

    First, I must say that the comments from both the men and the women are equally as ridiculous and prejudicial. How shameful that the most intelligent comments were from teenagers.Although there were some personal insights to this article, her opinions were just that….OPINIONS are not facts. You don’t have to like her opinions but respect them. She did however present facts that supported the notion of this myth being just that, a myth. Is it a funny joke? No but if you are an immature and ignorant individual that hasn’t grown up then you would find this funny. I don’t find this to be funny I find it to be pathetic and if this person has nothing better to do than dream up this type of nonsense, I feel sorry for them. Why not use that creativity to send a broader more educated message rather than use a woman’s genitalia as a joke. For the inane comments being written, the article is about debunking a myth, fake disease and dispelling STD myths for teenagers and men and women this is not a forum to act ignorant or be juvenile. Most of you sound bitter, if you have nothing better to do than argue back and forth about opinions that DON’T DIRECTLY AFFECT YOU, THEN FIND A JOB OR HIDE BEHIND THE COMPUTER SCREEN AND PRETEND NOT TO BE HUMAN, EITHER WAY IT IS DISAPPOINTING, WE CANNOT HAVE AN INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION WITHOUT CURSING AND CALLING NAMES THAT AS adults AND i USE THAT TERM LOOSELY, WE REVERT BACK TO INSULTS , THIS IS NONSENSE. Can’t we just be grateful for the facts that we can share and not argue over the manner in which it was published. She did not personally attack anyone and so to take it personal …well my mother always said the guilty speaks first and fr those of you that went ridiculously above and beyond as if she talked about you personally…..if the shoe fits……

  224. MDSJR says:

    It’s a disease sexually active women get. You really have to watch out now days with all the diseases going around!

  225. cheyenne & Heather says:

    this is really a STD because my friend and i looked it up for health class

  226. smh says:

    Wow I have been thinking this disease was real since 8th grade when some boy was passing it around the reading class on a laptop and now I’m in the last month of 12 grade finding out its not.

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