What is gonorrhea?

 

A sexually-transmitted disease that can infect both men and women, gonorrhea is considered one of the most notorious STDs in the world today. In the United States alone, more than 600,000 cases of gonorrhea are reported every year.

 

What causes gonorrhea?

 

Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It likes to live in warm and moist areas of the body, especially in the reproductive organs such as the fallopian tubes, and other parts such as the urethra and cervix.

 

It can also thrive in a person’s throat, eyes, anus, and mouth.

 

How can you get gonorrhea?

 

Gonorrhea can be passed on from one person to another in various methods. The most common mode of transmission is probably by sexual intercourse. Having unprotected sex with a gonorrhea-infected person can get you infected with gonorrhea, so do not ever engage in that activity to protect yourself.

 

Another way to get gonorrhea is by using needles, injections, and other sharp things already used by another person. There is a chance that those things have contaminated the gonorrhea bacteria. Make sure to use sterilized equipment such as those before you inject them into your skin or something.

 

What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?

 

The symptoms of gonorrhea generally appear a few days after the bacterium has entered the body of a person.

 

In men, the common gonorrhea symptoms are pain during urination, strange-colored discharge from the penis, swollen testicles, etc.

 

In women, the common gonorrhea symptoms are pain during urination, strange-colored vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, itching, and pain the lower abdomen.

 

People who experience these symptoms should immediately get tested for gonorrhea so that the proper treatment can be administered to them. If left undiagnosed and untreated, gonorrhea can lead to various complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease or PID in women.

 

Where can you get a gonorrhea test?

 

You have to go to your doctor to get a gonorrhea test. If he or she does not conduct gonorrhea testing, he or she can definitely point you to the right medical facility or person that can do the gonorrhea test.

 

Blood tests are usually done to diagnose gonorrhea. Your blood sample will be examined for traces of the bacteria. If there are traces, you will test positive for gonorrhea and should start treatment for gonorrhea immediately.

 

How do you treat gonorrhea?

Antibiotics are the treatments used for gonorrhea. They are effective in fighting and killing the bacteria that caused the infection.