"Blue waffle" Disease: What You Should Know About the Hoax

Published November 29th, 2021 by Chris Riley
Fact Checked by
Erik Rivera
Updated Date: Jun 17th, 2022

Have you heard of blue waffle disease? You may be wondering what blue waffles have to do with STDs.

In 2011, someone posted about how they caught "blue waffles" from their partner on 4chan's /b/ board which then caused an internet hoax that spread across other online forums around the world and has become an urban legend.

This article will discuss everything you need to know about blue waffle disease including what it is, what are the fictional symptoms, and why this whole thing started. Yes, it is a HOAX. 

What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs, which are also knowns as sexually transmitted infections or STIs and the now older term venereal diseases, are a type of infection that is spread from one person to another through sexual contact.

In order to get an STI you have to have sexual contact with someone, but this does not have to be intercourse.

You can become infected if you are kissed by an infected person or through skin-to-skin contact, especially in the genital area.

These infections are generally divided into three categories: bacterial, viral, and parasitic.

The most common bacterial STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

There are several types of viral STDs including herpes simplex virus (HSV), human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B, and HIV/AIDS. Whereas the common parasitic STDs include trichomoniasis, and pubic lice or crab louse infection.

There are many types of STDs and blue waffle disease is only one form that has been popularized on various pornographic websites as well as social media even though it is a hoax.

What is blue waffle disease?

Blue waffle disease is a hoax that has been going around for over a decade.

It has been shared on social media, in emails and texts, and even from mouth to mouth.

The blue waffle disease hoax started with a picture of blue-colored vaginal tissue. It started as a meme of a blue waffle that when you did an image search and clicked the picture it took you to a picture of a vagina with blue on the labia.

People started seeing blue waffle disease hoax pictures and it spread like wildfire. It went viral. The blue color was said to be an STD that looked blue in the vagina or on labia tissue.

What are the supposed symptoms of blue waffle disease?

The blue waffle disease symptoms were even more varied than other real STDs.

Other diseases have clear signs of warning so you know what you are dealing with, but because blue waffle disease is a hoax you see blue and that's all it takes to convince many people they have the blue waffle disease.

Some of the supposed symptoms of blue waffles were:

  • The scent of blueberries coming from the vagina
  • Blue, white, or green smelly discharge 
  • Itching in the labia area also known as vaginal itching
  • Pain during sex
  • Even blue or purple bumps on the vagina, labia, and vulva that can be painful to touch

Please note that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms that you are NOT suffering from blue waffle disease due to it being fake. However, you could be suffering from an actual STI and you should seek medical attention.

What were the supposed causes of blue waffle disease?

There are several fake reasons given for what causes blue waffle disease and these include:

  • frequent sex with multiple sex partners
  • poor hygiene and not washing properly
  • having more than one other STDs

All of these causes were also only in relation to women as they were the only people who were said to have contracted the "disease".

All other STDs are present in both men and women.

Is blue waffle disease real?

There is no blue waffles disease real because it's a hoax.

There are some STDs like herpes which will turn up as blisters but having something blue is not a real symptom.

Many blue balls or blue waffle images were photoshopped which also spread the blue waffle myth even further as people believed that it was a real STD and wanted to warn their friends of this dangerous blue-colored infection.

What have been the consequences of this hoax?

The biggest consequence of spreading blue waffles disease is that it has caused anxiety in some people who have had blue waffle pictures sent to them.

It can also cause stress if you are worried about blue waffle disease being real, even though there is no blue waffle infection or any other STD that looks blue.

It also highlights the importance of checking facts you obtain from the internet. Not everything on the internet is true and not everyone on the internet has your well-being in mind.

Please exercise caution when coming to conclusions about facts from the internet. 

What should I do if I think I might have an STD?

Now that you know blue waffles disease is not real and you still have symptoms we recommend that you see a doctor and get tested for STDs. You can do this in a few ways:

  • Go to the doctor and get tested directly
  • Check out STD testing clinics near you for fast, private results and if you test positive, they will offer treatment at no cost so that it doesn't spread further and you don't experience more symptoms
  • Use at-home tests that are now readily available

How do doctors test for STDs?

There are several ways doctors can test for STDs.

They may take a blood sample, swab the genital areas, take tissue from cervix samples, or take urine samples.

Urine and blood tests

These tests involve you urinating in a container and then having a lab review the results. The most common STDs tested for in this manner are:

  • gonorrhea
  • syphilis
  • chlamydia
  • HIV

The downside to this testing is that STDs don't often show up on these tests until several weeks after being exposed.

Swabs

Swabs involve the doctor taking swabs of your vagina, cervix, and even in the urethra of the penis. If you have anal sex, the doctor may swab your rectum too. These swabs are then analyzed by a lab for any STDs.

Pap smear

These tests don't tell you if you have an STD but they are a great way to check for cervical or anal cancer which can be caused by HPV. If there are abnormal results, it doesn't mean you have HPV or cancer, but it will probably prompt your doctor to get you to take an HPV test.

Physical examination

If the doctor thinks you need more proof that you have an STD, they may do a physical examination. This is where your body parts are checked for warts or abnormal discharge which can be caused by STDs like genital herpes and genital warts.

Summary

Blue waffle disease is NOT a real STD. It is a fictitious disease started by an internet meme that says the labia or vagina turn blue.

If someone says that they have blue waffle disease this is not possible as it doesn't exist, despite pictures and the disturbing image on the internet.

Please be careful when taking your facts from the internet and hoaxes like these can be prevented by doing some research on your own.

If you have some of the supposed symptoms of blue waffle disease, please see a doctor as you may have a real STD.

If you think you have an STD, your doctor will perform tests to determine the cause of your symptoms.

Lastly, we can not stress enough that this "disease" is FAKE, please seek medical attention should you believe you have an STD to guarantee your sexual health.

References and Sources:

MedicalNewsToday

womenshealthfoundation.org

cancer.gov

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