One of the most common sexually transmitted infections a person can be diagnosed with is gonorrhea. The disease is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria. The problem is that gonorrhea has no immediate outward symptoms, which means people spread it without even realizing it.
disease is primarily affecting people in their teens and 20s, but
when diagnosed, people can use antibiotic treatments to clear up the
infection. If left untreated, the bacteria can lead to other health
issues and infertility.
majority of women don’t know they have gonorrhea because they have
no symptoms when they contract it. And, it can take up to seven days
after the initial infection to show any symptoms. What are these
most symptoms of this STD occurs in the vaginal and rectal regions,
they can also affect the joints, eyes and throat. For example,
gonorrhea in the throat may start off mild, which is why most people
would mistake it for a simple sore throat. However, over time, it can
affect the lymph nodes, making them swell. If gonorrhea spreads to
the eyes, a person could experience discharge, pain and light
gonorrhea bacteria can cause septic arthritis – a condition that
affects the joints. This is a rare but serious symptom and could
cause major health problems for sufferers.
men and women catch gonorrhea by not practicing safe sex. The
bacteria can be spread through pre-ejaculation fluid and semen but is
also seen in the vaginal fluids, genitals, anus and mouth.
key ways to spread gonorrhea is through vaginal, anal and oral sex.
It can even be spread without full vaginal or anal penetration. If
the bacteria is on your hands, you could spread it to your eyes if
you touch them.
cannot be spread via casual contact, which means holding hands,
sharing food, hugging or kissing a person with it is perfectly safe.
If an infected person sneezes your direction, you can’t catch it.
who have been diagnosed with gonorrhea will be prescribed an
antibiotic treatment, which they need to take completely even if the
symptoms no longer persist. It’s also important for their partners
to get tested to ensure they don’t have the infection and to get
treated if they do to lessen the chance of re-infections.
are also advised not to have sex for a week after they complete the
medication, and to be tested three months later to make sure there is
no infection still lingering in the body. A person with gonorrhea
once can have it again, which is why preventing the infection is so
important. How can you prevent a gonorrhea infection?
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