What is gonorrhea?

 

Gonorrhea is a common sexually-transmitted disease that can infect men, women, kids, and adults. It is caused by a bacterium that grows and thrives well in the warm and moist parts of the body, like the rectum, urethra, cervix, and mouth.



What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?



Actually, gonorrhea does not trigger a lot of symptoms or any at all in many cases. When it does, its symptoms are mild and are often mistaken for other diseases like vaginal or bladder infection (in women).



But, for knowledge's sake, here are some gonorrhea symptoms that may appear in gonorrhea patients:


  • burning sensation when urinating
  • pain when having sex (women)
  • odd vaginal or penis discharge



How many people are infected with gonorrhea?



Gonorrhea has always been a very common STD in the United States. According to reports, approximately 700,000 new cases of gonorrhea are documented each year.


Is gonorrhea preventable?



Yes, it is. By using protection when having sex, you can lower the chances of contracting gonorrhea from your sex partner by a great deal. It also helps to limit your sex partners to one, so as not to be easily targeted by the infection.



Can gonorrhea be detected and treated?



Gonorrhea can be detected by gonorrhea testing. If you receive a positive test result, consult a doctor to know what the best antibiotic treatment for you is.