What is it?
A bacterium? Le infection of the genitals, anus or throat.
How common is it?
An estimated 700,000 people in the U.S. get gonorrhea every year. The highest rates are among women aged 15 to 24 and men 20 to 24 years old.
What are the symptoms?
Most infected people have no symptoms. For those who do, it can cause a burning sensation during urination, abnormal white, green and / or yellowish vaginal or penile discharge. Women can also abnormal vaginal bleeding and / or pelvic pain. Men can also be painful or swollen testicles.
How do you get it?
Through vaginal, oral or anal sex. It can also be passed from mother to child during childbirth.
How do you treat it?
Oral antibiotics may be to cure the infection. Both partners must simultaneously by the infection and prevent back treated. Both partners should abstain from sex until the infection is gone. Persons with gonorrhea should be tested for other STDs.
What are the consequences if left untreated?
Increased risk of infection from other STDs, including HIV. In women, gonorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to infertility and ectopicpregnancy that a fetus can not survive cause. Could One can develop epididymitis, a painful condition, which can lead to infertility. Infants born to infected women can develop eye infections.
Get Yourself Tested
Anyone who has had sex, the risk of an STI, even if there are no symptoms. Talk to your health care provider about testing.
Can it be prevented?
There is no vaccine for gonorrhea. Abstain from sex and sexual contact is the surest way to prevent getting an STD. Using condoms every time reduces the risk of STDs. If you or your partner tests positive, you should abstain from sex until the infection is gone.