Gonorrhea is one of the most widely spread sexually-transmitted diseases in the world today. It is caused by the bacterium known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It ranks number two in the most common STDs list in the United States, after Chlamydia.
Sometimes referred to as the clap, gonorrhea is considered a serious threat by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the US. Gonorrhea has affected more than 700,000 people in the United States alone. Imagine how big that number will be if you factor in all the other gonorrhea cases in the world.
How is gonorrhea transmitted?
The bacteria that caused gonorrhea enter the body through sexual contact with a person who carries the disease. Gonorrhea can be transmitted either through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It can be passed on even without an infected male ejaculating.
Contrary to what others think, gonorrhea cannot be spread from sharing toilet seats and other things used by a gonorrhea patient. It is the time that we should stop assuming and face and stick to the scientific facts.
According to statistics, males have a 20% possibility of contracting gonorrhea during sexual intercourse with a gonorrhea-positive female. The possibility increases during anal intercourse, regardless whoever you are doing it with. On the other hand, females have between 60% and 80% chances of contracting the infection during sexual intercourse.
Another way to transmit gonorrhea is when a pregnant woman who has Chlamydia and passes the infection on to her unborn child.
What are the symptoms of gonorrhea in men?
Men who are infected gonorrhea will experience numerous symptoms that will manifest at least two days after first exposure to the bacteria. In some cases, it takes around a month for the gonorrhea symptoms to show. On average, a week is all it takes for the symptoms to show.
Here are the common symptoms of gonorrhea in men:
- More frequent urination
- Painful urination
- Bleeding penis
- Strange-colored discharge from the penis
If the gonorrhea is undiagnosed and untreated, the Chlamydia will attack the prostate, epididymis, and seminal vesicles. Men who are suffering from this progression will experience fever and pain.
Moreover, there is such a thing called rectal gonorrhea which is said to be the most contagious type of gonorrhea. One can get infected with it via anal sex. Its symptoms include the following:
Painful sensation in the anus
- Pain when pooping
- Itching in the anal area
- Strange discharge coming out of the anus
If you experience any of those symptoms, get tested for gonorrhea right away. Go visit the nearest STD center or health clinic and undergo a gonorrhea test so that you can get treatment as soon as possible.