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Information about GONORRHEA: Testing, Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

STDs          Gonorrhea          Chlamydia          Herpes      

How do I find out if I have Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted bacteria that infects men, women and infants. An estimated 1 million cases of gonorrhea are reported each year while at least that same number goes unreported.

Symptoms of a Gonorrhea Infection

Symptoms of gonorrhea usually appear two days to three weeks after you have been exposed to someone with the infection. Some men and women will not have symptoms at all until the disease has caused severe health problems.

Men's Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the testicles
  • A discharge that is yellow or cream colored from the penis
  • A burning sensation when you urinate
  • Swelling and pain around the opening in the penis

Women's Symptoms

  • Pain in the area between your belly button and your sexual organs
  • A burning sensation when you urinate
  • An unusual discharge from your vagina

What causes Gonorrhea? How Do You get It? How is it Transmitted?

 Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease or infection. That means that it is transmitted during either vaginal, oral or anal sex. In addition, gonorrhea can be passed on to babies during birth if the mother has gonorrhea.

How do I know for sure if I have Gonorrhea? Gonorrhea Testing.

 The most positive way to know if you have Gonorrhea is to be tested. There is a urine test offered by Private Diagnostics that can tell you for sure if you have Gonorrhea. You may have been exposed to Gonorrhea and carry it for a long time without experiencing any of the symptoms above. Sometimes, the only way that you know that you have Gonorrhea is if your partner is diagnosed with it. So, again, the best way is to be tested.

Why get Gonorrhea treatment?

 Even if you don’t have the symptoms, the effects of untreated gonorrhea can be very serious to you and your family. If left untreated, Gonorrhea can cause

  • Inability to have children
  • Arthritis and arthritis-like pain and conditions
  • Permanent damage to your reproductive organs
  • Tubal pregnancies which can lead to the death of your child

 How is Gonorrhea treated?

 Gonorrhea is treated by taking antibiotics. It is important to take all the medicine that is prescribed for you. It is also important that your sex partner(s) get treatment at the same time, otherwise, you will continue to re-infect each other. It is also recommended that you have another laboratory test completed between 3 to 6 weeks after the completion of your antibiotics in order to be sure that the Gonorrhea is gone.

STDs          Gonorrhea          Chlamydia          Herpes