Gonorrhea is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria, and is easily passed from person to person by being sexual with a person who has it. You can get gonorrhea from vaginal, anal, and or oral sex. It is also possible for a mother to pass gonorrhea to her child during vaginal birth. Luckily, It is a curable infection! Symptoms of gonorrhea are…In women…
Irritation of the vagina and outer area of vagina
Burning and pain when urinating
Having to urinate often
Swollen glands in the vagina
Pain when having sexIn men…
Urinating very often
Burning or pain during urination
Swollen glands in groin
Yellowish pus from the tip of the penis
Penis head can turn red
Testicles become swollen and/or are painful
You need to go to the doctors if…
You THINK you could have gonorrhea
Have symptoms of gonorrhea
You have been sexual with a person who is infected
If you do not get it treated, it can turn into a serious medical condition. You can have the infection but not show any signs of it for a long time. If you think you could have it, make sure to get tested! Complications of gonorrhea can be meningitis, which is inflammation of the brain, and an infection of the heart. You could lose the ability to have children in the future and do everlasting damage to your reproductive organs. If you think you have this infection at all, you need to be checked! You can be risking a lot.
If you think you have gonorrhea, you need to go to the doctors to get tested to make sure if you have it. The doctor will give you a physical exam, and they will send a sample of the discharge to be checked in the laboratory to be tested for gonorrhea. They may also give you a urine test, which can also detect the bacteria.
They will give you medication that you can take that will get rid of the infection. You will receive an antibiotic in pill form or they may give you an injection of the antibiotic. You should completely finish the antibiotics that are given to you to make sure the bacteria is completely gone from your body.
You can get retested to make sure the infection is gone in 3 days, and you should get tested for other STDs just to be sure.
If you still have symptoms after your antibiotics are finished, contact your doctor right away! You may need a different type of antibiotic or to be checked for another condition.
You should inform your partner/s that they should get tested because they can pass the infection right back to you. Use latex condoms when having sex, and have your partners tested!!! Do not have sex with someone if you think they have had many partners and could possibly have an STD! Be smart, don’t risk it!