Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Gonorrhea

The World Health Organization estimates that 88 million cases of gonorrhea occur each year, out of the 448 million new cases of all curable STI each year – that also includes syphilis, chlamydia and trichomoniasis. In 2013, it caused about 3,200 deaths, up from 2,300 in 1990.

Gonorrhea is one of the most ancient STD’s even in the Bible you can find mentions of it. Unfortunately, since years not that much changed and this illness didn’t disappear, on the contrary it’s area grow.

Traditional gonorrhea “age” is 19-35 years, this is the period of life when women are at the peak of their sexual activity. Why do we talk about women? That’s because their chance to be infecled after sexual intercorse with diseased partnet is about 90%! Men can get this disease only in 35% of all cases.

Such a difference is explained by anatomical features of the genitourinary system and the hormonal body features of woman and man.

What is Gonorrhea?

How Gonorrhea Can Be Contracted?

There is one-percent-chance that you can get gonorrhea by sharing such things as towels or clothes, in most cases the reason is sex with infected person or it can be a “gift” from infected mother to her new-born baby.

By the way it doesn’t matter what kind of intercose it was – traditional, anal or oral – you still have a chance to be infected. Same thing when you’re sharing sex-toys, so be careful and talk to your partner.

Unfortunately sometimes people don’t even know that they are infected as incubation period of gonorrhea basically ranges from 3 to 15 days, and sometimes up to 1 month. There are fresh (up to 2 months from the day of infection) and chronic gonorrhea infection (more than 2 months), but let’s first talk about symptoms which can alert you.

Note: spreading through the body, gonorrhea can affect other organs: heart, joints, skin, kidneys, brain, muscles, liver, bones, sepsis.

Women’s Symptoms of Gonorrhea:

  1. Vaginal discharge (abundant, dense or watery, colour – from white to green).
  2. Pain in the lower abdomen, sometimes accompanying nausea.
  3. Bleeding not related to menstrual cycle.
  4. Irritation or discharge from the anus.

Men’s Symptoms of Gonorrhea:

  1. White to green coloured thick discharge from the tip of the penis.
  2. Inflammation of the testicles and prostate.

Common Symptoms of Gonorrhea:

  1. Painful urination.
  2. Bad feeling.
  3. Pain in the lower abdomen.
  4. Loose stools.
  5. Hyperthermia (fever).

What if Not Cured?

Have you noticed the note above? If not we’ll repeat: spreading through the body, gonorrhea can affect other organs: heart, joints, skin, kidneys, brain, muscles, liver, bones, sepsis.
It is serious! In men non-cured gonorrhea can result in infertility and became a painful problem for the rest of your life.

In women it can result in a long-term pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy, blocked fallopian tubes also an infertility and remember that infected mother can give birth to an infected baby.

We ask you to be extremely attentive to your health and if you feel infected – ask for a qualified health care.

How Can You Cure Gonorrhea?

And once again – consult with the doctor! Don’t try to сure yourself. It’s true that gonorrhea can be cured by antibiotics, but you can hardly guess it’s right type, dose and duration of the course. At first there will be testing that can include:

  1. Giving a sample of urine.
  2. Urethra, throat or rectum examination.
  3. For women there could be extra test – cervix swab.

After testing you’ll get a personal treatment program that can include antibiotics in combination with immunotherapy and physiotherapy. Usually the course of gonorrhea treatment takes 14 days, but it all depends, sometimes it takes months.

Note: During the treatment avoid unprotected sexual relations.

We also ask you to be attentive and caring in regards to your partner – they have a right to know that you’ve been infected, please, be wise and take care of yourself and your sexual life. Read here to know how to prevent Gonorrhea infection.

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