Gonorrhea is one of the most common with nearly 90 million new cases occurring every year.
What is Gonorrhea?
is a transmitted (STD) that affects both and in different ways. It mostly affects the areas of the like the reproductive tract, , , , , and . Also known as “the clap”, gonorrhea has been around for of years and is transmitted by a .
The following are the primary causes of gonorrhea:
- Bacterial infection: Gonorrhea is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
- Unprotected sex: While having unprotected sex is one of the major transmitters of gonorrhea, it can also be caused by any contact via the mouth, , vagina or with an infected person. When left untreated, the bacteria can easily spread to other sexual , and one doesn’t need to ejaculate in order to pass it on. You can get the disease by simply coming in contact with the infected area on a person.
- Vertical infection: It can also be from an infected to her child during delivery.
Note: Although, the gonorrhea bacteria cannot food, , etc.outside the body for more than 2-3 seconds, so you cannot acquire it from any external sources, like the toilet ,
The huge chance of a spread of the disease through them because they cannot notice the disease and neither can their sexual partners. We will now look at the symptoms in detail below:of gonorrhea usually appear between 2 to 14 days of coming into contact with the bacteria. While some may have prominently visible signs of the bacterium, others can have no symptoms at all and still be positive. People without any symptoms are called non-symptomatic carriers, and there is a
Gonorrhea Symptoms in Men
Some men may not have any noticeable symptoms, while others may show symptoms as follows:
- Burning and while
- and of the
- Increase in frequency of urination
- Thick and yellow discharge from the penis
- Continued sore throat
- Swelling of the penis opening
Gonorrhea Symptoms in Women
In women, the symptoms are often not very clearly visible or identifiable. Although, in some cases, there might be the following symptoms:
- Burning, , and irritation of the vagina and
- Urge to often
- Thick yellow or green discharge from the vagina
- between periods
- Abdominal pain
- Inflammation of the cervix
- Pain while sexual intercourse
- Feeling of
Gonorrhea in Newborns
- Irritation of the of the eyes (can also lead to )
Oral or Rectal Gonorrhea Symptoms
- A throat
- Rectal discharge
In rare cases, the infected person may also experience skin , pain, and swelling. If not treated in time, it can also develop into disease (PID), disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI), meningitis, prostate cancer, or endocarditis.
Diagnosis of Gonorrhea
Apart from being a bit uncomfortable, a test for gonorrhea is completely harmless andand it should be done as soon as any of the symptoms start up. There is more than one way to gonorrhea:
- Urine sample: For a , your will ask you to not urinate for at least two hours before the test, because you might away the bacteria in such a case, thereby, the test.
- A swab of affected area: Other times, the doctor may take a swab sample of the chlamydia. from your rectum, throat, or the cervix. A bacteria culture of the swab is performed in the lab to test for gonorrhea or
To get yourself tested for gonorrhea, you can go to a sexualclinic, a young people’s clinic, or a private clinic. You can also buy a self-test kit for gonorrhea from the store, though, there is a that the results from this may not be very accurate.