Symptoms and Treatment
What is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a common and curable sexually transmitted disease (STD) that often affects young adults around the age of 20. This bacterial infection is spread from person-to-person through unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal sex — though it can also pass from mother to baby during pregnancy. Gonorrhea often coexists with chlamydia and is notorious for its lack of symptoms. However, if it’s left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory diseases, which may cause complications with pregnancy and sometimes infertility in both men and women.
What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?
Many times, people with gonorrhea aren’t aware that they have it — most of the time, this STD doesn’t cause any symptoms, especially in women. But when symptoms of gonorrhea do appear, they are usually experienced differently in men and women. Key signs of gonorrhea in men include painful urination, pus-like discharge from the penis, and pain or swelling in one testicle. Women with gonorrhea experience symptoms such as increased vaginal discharge, painful urination, vaginal bleeding between periods or after vaginal intercourse, painful intercourse, and abdominal or pelvic pain.
How does ID Care diagnose gonorrhea?
To determine whether or not the bacteria that causes gonorrhea is present in your body, ID Care physicians will analyze a sample of cells from your urine, or the results from a swab of the affected area (e.g., the throat, urethra, vagina, or rectum). Because this STD often accompanies others — especially chlamydia — our team recommends a full screening for all STDs to ensure you receive the most beneficial treatment for your overall well-being.
How does ID Care treat gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is curable with antibiotics — and ID Care treats this STD with an injection of ceftriaxone. Because gonorrhea spreads from person-to-person through sexual contact, it’s crucial that your partner is tested for STDs as well, so that he or she may receive treatment and recover.
How can I avoid contracting gonorrhea?
Remember to always use a condom if you’re sexually active — and use it correctly. Although condoms significantly reduce your risk of catching or spreading gonorrhea, they do not eliminate your chances completely. If your partner does show signs and symptoms of gonorrhea, avoid sexual contact with them and encourage them to get tested.