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Gonorrhea STD : Symptoms in men and women, testing and treatment for gonorrhea

Gonorrhea STD : Symptoms in men and women, testing and treatment for gonorrhea

What is gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that can infect the genitals, rectum, and throat.  It is spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex with someone who has gonorrhea.

How can I reduce my risk of getting gonorrhea

Abstinence from vaginal, anal or oral sex is the only way to avoid STDs, but if you are sexually active, the following are things to lower the chances of contracted gonorrhea:

  • Be in a long-term monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and has negative STD test results;
  • Use latex condoms correctly each time you have sex

Gonorrhea causes ?

Gonorrhea STD is a bacterial infection caused by a pathogen called “Neisseria Gonorrhoeae” The most common site of this bacterial infection is the urinary tract, but there are possibilities of different site of infection as well, e.g., rectum, throat, or eyes.

Gonorrhea VS Chlamydia

These two STDs are very similar in their type of infection and symptoms that a patient will experience. The type of infection for these two is a bacterial infection, but with different kinds of bacteria and different incubation periods (2-30 days for gonorrhea and 14-21 days for chlamydia). Its symptoms are very similar as well since both of them will usually cause a urinary tract infection and often come together through unprotected sex.

What are the symptoms of gonorrhea

Some symptoms may not occur, but if they do appear, they are the following for men:

  • White, yellow or green discharge from the penis;
  • A burning sensation when urinating;
  • Painful or swollen testicles (although less common)

Some symptoms may not occur, but if they do appear, they are the following for women:

  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • A burning sensation when urinating;
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods

Rectal infections may either cause no symptoms or can produce the following:

  • Discharge
  • Anal itching
  • Soreness
  • Bleeding
  • Painful bowel movements

Gonorrhea symptoms are similar in both men and women. 

  • In men, the symptoms for gonorrhea will include, White, yellow, green discharge from the urinary tract, a burning sensation while urinating, or painful or swollen testicles (though this is less common) Normally, gonorrhea in men’s symptoms is more likely to show than women.
  • Gonorrhea in women might include the following symptoms, increased vaginal discharge, a burning sensation while urinating, or unusual vaginal bleeding between periods. However, gonorrhea female symptoms are rarer compared to men because some women can misunderstand their gonorrhea symptoms for being leukorrhea.

Areas of gonorrhea infection

  • Gonorrhea in the throat: There are possibilities of getting gonorrhea infection at the throat from oral sex. The symptoms for this might include a sore throat or swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
  • Gonorrhea at the eyes: Though this is very rare, it’s possible to get gonorrhea infection at the eyes and may cause eye pain, or pus-like discharge from one or both eyes.
  • Rectal gonorrhea: Symptoms for rectal gonorrhea might include anal itching, pus-like discharge from the rectum, bleeding, or painful bowel movements

Safe Clinic gonorrhea test

  • Gonorrhea treatment: For anyone having doubts about whether or not can gonorrhea be cured, yes, gonorrhea is curable. But there are a few methods of curing the infection, such as taking medicines or getting a shot for treatment, which the latter is proven to be more effective.
  • Gonorrhea prevention: Gonorrhea is one of many STDs that spread through sex. The best prevention method for any STD, in general, is to use a condom for every sexual activity. Other than that, you can get a regular gonorrhea test (urine test) at Safe Clinic to make sure that you’re safe from it.
  • Gonorrhea complications: Gonorrhea can increase the chances of getting other STIs. This is because gonorrhea can damage some tissues in the body, causing the infection area to be more vulnerable to other viruses or bacteria such as HIV or syphilis

How will my doctor know if I have gonorrhea

Urine can be used to test for gonorrhea, but oral/rectal swabs may be used if you have engaged in oral/anal sex.

Can gonorrhea be cured

Yes, gonorrhea can be cured with the right treatment, and if all medication prescribed by your doctor is taken correctly. Medication should not be shared with anyone. It is becoming harder to treat some gonorrhea, as many have become drug-resistant. If symptoms still continue for more than a few days, you should return to your doctor to be checked again.

FAQs about gonorrhea

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