Gonorrhea affects teens and young adults the most. Experts say that hundreds of thousands of cases go undetected and therefore untreated, as there are no signs or symptoms so they do not even know they are infected.
Many people who gonorrhea also have other sexually transmitted diseases and infections like chlamydia, therefore doctors will often test for other infections as well as gonorrhea and treat them together.
In young kids, an STD can be a result of possible sexual abuse if you think this is what is happening you need to address that concern with the proper people. If it is your child speak the doctor. If it is a child you watch then you will need to speak to the proper authorities.
Symptoms Or Signs That You Possibly Have Gonorrhea
More often than not there are no symptoms or signs of infection. When there are signs of infections the symptoms include:
- Intercourse that is painful
- In between menstrual cycles, there may be bleeding
- Lower stomach pain
- One or both testicles could become swollen and or painful
- A thick yellowish green discharge from the vagina or penis
- Pain when urinating the feeling of burning and it could look cloudy
In Both Males And Females
If you have any of those signs or symptoms you need to see your doctor immediately and ask to be tested for STDs. If your sexual partner tells you they have had a positive test result you need to seek medical attention right away, even if you have no symptoms as you could spread the infections to others or back to your partner if you are not treated as well.
If left untreated you can experience many other severe health issues as it can lead to infertility, spread through the blood to your joints leading to extreme pain, as well as PID in females and males can end up with issues with the urethra tube that may need surgery. It is a very serious problem that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible so that you do not experience worse problems.
As of now, there is no vaccine to prevent gonorrhea so it is important that you practical ways of prevention.
- Only one sexual partner and when you change partners both of you get screened for STDs
When using condoms it is best to use latex condoms unless there is an allergy to them as they are thicker and do better at prevention than the non-latex condoms.
Because gonorrhea has some similar symptoms as chlamydia the doctor may treat you for both at the same time. It is important to follow the doctor’s directions on taking the medication and finish it completely.
Usually, you will be treated with an antibiotic. If you finish all the medication and still have symptoms you should let the doctor know. Often doctors will schedule a follow-up and retest to make sure the infection is gone.
During the treatment, you must refrain from sex. You will need to wait at least 7 to 10 days from the start of treatment to resume sexual activity.