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Gonorrhea Symptoms, Testing and Treatment

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Formally nicknamed "the Clap", gonorrhea is another bacterial infection that's spread through semen and vaginal fluids. It's caused by a bacterium called "Neisseria gonorrhoeae". This STI can also be successfully treated with antibiotics.

This STD is spread through sexual contact including Intercourse, Oral and Anal sex. It can also spread from mother to infant through childbirth. You can be infected repeatedly by this disease and keep infecting others and not know it.

Gonorrhea Symptoms

Even after the infection occurs, gonorrhea’s symptoms often take several weeks to become noticeable.

Symptoms for Men & Women

  • Genital discharge, which can be cloudy, creamy, or colored.
  • Persistent and painful urination.
  • Swollen genitals.
  • Sore throat.

Women may also Experience

  • Pain while having intercourse.
  • Discomfort during menstruation.

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Untreated Gonorrhea

If left untreated, gonorrhea may cause PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) in women, while men could become infertile and experience pain in their testicles. Another problem can be septic arthritis and endocarditis. If you have any signs or just concerned get tested because it can be cured within a short period of time and you won’t have to worry about long term complications.

Transmission Rate

The amount of people infected by this disease is estimated at 50 to 100 million cases every year. WHO (World Health Organization) estimates 88 million are infected every year. This is a curable STD but it can lead to death in rare cases. This STD affects about 0.8% of women and 0.6% of men.



Gonorrhea Treatments

Gonorrhea can be treated by antibiotics, like azithromycin, or with a vaccine, such as ceftriaxone or cefixime. Either of these treatments is available at your doctor's office. Symptoms should resolve after a week of receiving either the pill or the injection.

Diagnostic method would be testing the Urine. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) you should refrain from having sex for at least one week after your final day of treatment to prevent the spread of the bacterium.

Is Gonorrhea Curable?

Yes, with the Right Treatment. (CDC)

Conclusion

To avoid being infected practice safe sex which includes using condoms and not engaging in sex with an infected person. If you have any of these symptoms you should be tested ASAP (as soon as possible) and sexual partners be contacted.

Resources

Gonorrhea - CDC Fact Sheet – Retrieved July 27, 2018


FAQ: How do I know if I have an STD? By Getting Tested.


About STD Symptoms 

Because STDs do have Similar Symptoms it might be difficult to tell which Individual STD you have contracted. Getting tested for Multiple STDs (Panel Test) will resolve that issue.

Also, our body's Immune System reacts differently when infected, so certain people might not show any signs (Symptomless) of infection for Months or even Years.  

Why Get Tested & Treated

  • To Positively Know if you have an STD.
  • To Get Access to Proper Treatment. 
  • Avoid Health Problems associated with Untreated STIs.
  • Avoid Legal Issues connected with Spreading STDs.

5 Complications of Untreated STIs

  1. Infertility​
  2. Pregnancy Complications
  3. Increased Risk of Certain Cancers
  4. Infection with HIV

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