Sexually-transmitted diseases are prevalent today. Millions of people, regardless of their nationality, age, gender, cultural background, educational attainment, etc, have been affected by them, and one of the most common of them today is gonorrhea.
What is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually-transmitted disease caused by a bacterium known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is contagious and can be transmitted in various ways. Over the past years, the number of people infected with gonorrhea continues to increase. Experts attribute this rise to the lack of awareness about gonorrhea.
How is gonorrhea transmitted?
The main method of transmission of gonorrhea is by sexual intercourse. The gonorrhea bacteria is present in bodily fluids, so once an infected person’s semen or other fluids get inside the body of another person, that other person will get infected with the disease.
Another way to transmit gonorrhea is by sharing of contaminated needles, razors, syringes, and other paraphernalia. People who are into drugs and use intravenous methods to inject drugs in their bloodstreams are more likely to contract gonorrhea.
A pregnant mother with gonorrhea can also pass the bacteria on to her child during childbirth.
What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?
The symptoms of gonorrhea are different for men and for men. Men usually manifest the symptoms between 2 and 10 days after first exposure to the bacteria. Women usually show visible symptoms after around three weeks.
The common symptoms of gonorrhea in men are pain or burning sensation while urinating, aching of the testicles due to inflammation, green or yellow colored discharge from the penis, infection on the throat or anus, and more.
The common symptoms of gonorrhea in women include pain or burning sensation while urinating, strange colored discharge from the vagina, bleeding in between menstrual periods, painful sexual intercourse, and more.
What should you do if you have the symptoms of gonorrhea?
It is important that you get a gonorrhea test as soon as you manifest any of the symptoms mentioned above. Gonorrhea can spread around your body really fast and can infect other people fast, so it is your job to get tested for gonorrhea so that the proper treatment can be given to you.
Go visit your doctor or set up an appointment to get a gonorrhea test in an STD clinic or other health clinics.
Undiagnosed and untreated gonorrhea can bring about a lot of complications that can endanger your life, so get tested for gonorrhea as soon as you can.