Gonorrhoea

What is Gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted disease, which is caused by bacteria called Neisseria Gonorrhoea. This bacteria is usually found in the discharge of the penis and vaginal fluid.

Gonorrhoea is spread through:

  • Unprotected sex
  • People sharing sex toys that have not been washed.

The bacteria could infect the womb, the urethra, the rectum, and sometimes it can be harmful to the throat and eyes. This bacteria and infection can also be passed to pregnant women and her unborn child. If you are pregnant and suspect you may have Gonorrhoea, it is critical to get tested and get treated before the baby is born. Gonorrhoea can cause blindness in a newborn baby if the mother is not treated.

This bacteria cannot survive outside a human body so this means that a person cannot contract this disease if he/she are sharing clothes, utensils and even cups with another person.

Symptoms of Gonorrhoea

Symptoms of Gonorrhoea include a thick green/yellow discharge coming from the vagina or penis, pain when urinating which is most common in women together with bleeding between periods.

Getting tested

If a person has symptoms of Gonorrhoea, or maybe you’re worried that you may have a sexually transmitted disease, you should visit your local doctor or sexual health clinic for a sexual health test.

Gonorrhoea can also be diagnosed by getting a sample of discharge by using a swab. By testing a sample of urine, this test can also be used to diagnose the condition in men.

It is important to go for a check-up as soon as possible because Gonorrhoea can lead to severe health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women, or infertility if it’s not treated.

Treating Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is usually treated with a single injection of antibiotic and an antibiotic tablet. With this treatment, most of the symptoms will improve within a few days.

One should do a check-up a week or two after having the treatment, so another test will be done to see if you still have an infection or not. One should avoid having sex until they are clear of this infection.

Who is affected?

Anyone that is sexually active can contract Gonorrhoea, mostly people who change partners all the time or don’t use contraception, such as a condom when having sex are more at risk.

Previous successful treatment for Gonorrhoea doesn’t make you immune to the infection, meaning that you can contract this infection again if you have sexual intercourse with a person that is infected with this bacterial disease.

Preventing Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea and other STIs can be avoided by using the correct contraception and taking other precautions, such as:

  • By using male or female condoms every time you have sex, or male condoms during anal sex
  • By using a condom to cover the penis, or latex or plastic square (dam) to cover the female genitals when having oral sex
  • Not sharing sex toys, washing them or covering them with a new condom before anyone else uses them.

More information here: https://std-symptoms.com/gonorrhea/  © STD-Symptoms.com

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