Gonorrhea is a Sexually Transmitted Infection that is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. Anyone who is sexually active person can catch Gonorrhea. It can be spread by contact with the mouth, vagina, penis, or anus.
In men: In women: ◦ Burning and pain while ◦ Vaginal discharge urinating ◦ Burning and pain while ◦ Increased urinary urinating frequency or urgency ◦ Increased urination ◦ Discharge from the penis ◦ Sore throat (white, yellow, or green in ◦ Painful sexual intercourse color) ◦ Severe pain in lower ◦ Red or swollen opening of abdomen (if the infection penis (urethra) spreads to the fallopian ◦ Tender or swollen testicles tubes and stomach area) ◦ Sore throat (gonococcal ◦ Fever (if the infection pharyngitis) spreads to the fallopian ◦ Symptoms may take up to tubes and stomach area) a month to appear ◦ Symptoms of gonorrhea usually appear 2 - 5 days after infection
Gonorrhea can be quickly identified by staining a sample of tissue or discharge and then looking at it under a microscope. If you have gonorrhea, you should ask to be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases as well.
Two goals for treating Gonorrhea: ◦ Cure the infection ◦ Locate and test all of the other people that they have sexual contact with Receive the hepatitis B vaccine. If you are younger than 26, you also need the HPV vaccine. A follow up visit 7 days after treatment is important. Tests will be done to make sure the infection is gone.
Complications can occur. ◦ In men and women: ◦ In women: Joint infections Salpingitis (scarring of the Heart valve infection fallopian tubes), which can lead to problems getting pregnant or Meningitis ectopic pregnancy. Pelvic inflammatory disease A gonorrhea infection that has Infertility (inability to become not spread to the bloodstream pregnant) Pregnant women with severe or other areas almost always gonorrhea may pass the disease can be cured with antibiotics. to their baby while in the womb or during delivery. Gonorrhea that has spread is ◦ In men: a more serious infection but Scarring or narrowing of the almost always gets better with urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body . treatment. Abscess (collection of pus around the urethra).
Disturbing Fact of Gonorrhea The Bacteria can even grow in the eyes.
Gonorrhea rates have decreased over the years which is a sign of improvement. Antibiotics can successfully cure gonorrhea in adolescents and adults. Most state- sponsored clinics will diagnose and treat STDs without charge.
If you are Untreated gonorrhea pregnant, you may give can cause serious and the infection to her permanent health baby as the baby problems in both passes through the women and men. birth canal during Gonorrhea can spread delivery. to the blood or joints This can cause which can be life blindness, joint threatening. infection, or a life- Since it takes men threatening blood longer to receive infection in the baby. symptoms, it is easier to pass on to others.
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