Gonorrhea Overview

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that can be treated, caused by a bacterium called Neisseria Gonorrhea. This bacterium can infect the genital tract, mouth, and rectum. In women, access through the uterus is the first place where the infection debuts. However, the disease can spread into the uterus and the fallopian tubes causing an inflamed pelvis (IP). This disease affects over 1 million women in the United States and can cause infertility in over 10% of the cases. In 1997, health professionals reported 324,901 cases of gonorrhea in the United States alone. The Institute of Medicine estimated, however, that over 800,000 cases of gonorrhea occur annually in the United States, cases that lead to spending more than
$1 billion on the treatment of this disease and on its complications. In 2011, over 321,849 cases of gonorrhea were reported at the CDC. After chlamydia, gonorrhea is the most common sexually transmitted disease infecting more than 106 million people each year. Infection may be present even in the apparent absence of symptoms. However, the infection can still be transmitted until it is treated and completely cured.

Gonorrhea

WHEN SHOULD I BE TESTED?

IF YOU ARE A WOMAN

You should be tested for gonorrhea if you:

  • Are younger than 25 and you’re having sex.
  • Are 25 and older and you’re having sex with more than one partner.
  • Are 25 and older and you have a new sex partner.
  • Have any symptoms or a partner who has gonorrhea or symptoms that might be gonorrhea.
  • Have another STD, such as chlamydia.
  • If you’re pregnant, ask the doctor if you should be tested for gonorrhea.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF GONORRHEA?

IF YOU ARE A MAN

You can get gonorrhea in the anus, eyes, mouth, penis, or throat. You may not notice any symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they will vary depending on what part of your body is infected.

If you have gonorrhea in the penis, you might notice
these symptoms:

  • Pain or burning when you pass urine.
  • A discharge from your penis.
  • Painful or swollen testicles.

If you have gonorrhea in the rectum, you might notice: Itching, soreness, bleeding, a discharge from your rectum, or painful bowel movements.

If you have gonorrhea in the throat, you might notice that your throat is sore.

IF YOU ARE A WOMAN

You can get gonorrhea in the anus, eyes, mouth, throat, urinary tract, or uterus. You may not notice any symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they will vary depending on what part of your body is infected. If you have gonorrhea in the uterus or urinary tract, you might notice these symptoms:

  • Vaginal bleeding between your periods.
  • Pain or burning when you pass urine.
  • Increased vaginal discharge.

If you have gonorrhea in the rectum, you might notice these symptoms: Itching, soreness, bleeding, a discharge from your rectum, or painful bowel movements.

If you have gonorrhea in the throat, you might notice
that your throat is sore.

HOW DOES SOMEONE GET GONORRHEA?

You can get gonorrhea by having sex with someone who has it. “Having sex” means having anal, oral, or vaginal contact.

If you are a pregnant woman who has gonorrhea, you can pass the infection to your baby.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF I HAVE GONORRHEA?

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HOW CAN I LOWER MY RISK FOR GONORRHEA?

  • The surest way to prevent gonorrhea is not to have sex or to have sex only with someone who’s not infected and who has sex only with you.
  • Condoms can reduce your risk of getting gonorrhea if used the right way every single time you have sex.
  • Washing the genitals, urinating, or douching after sex will not prevent any STD.

HOW IS GONORRHEA TREATED?

  • Gonorrhea can be treated and cured with antibiotics.
  • Finish all of the medicine to be sure you are cured.
  • Don’t share your medicine with anyone. You need all of it.
  • If you still have symptoms after treatment, go back to see the doctor.

CAN I GET GONORRHEA AGAIN AFTER I’VE BEEN TREATED?

Yes, you can get gonorrhea again. You can get it from an untreated partner or a new partner.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T GET TREATED?

Gonorrhea stays in your body if it is not treated. You may have a higher risk of getting HIV infection if you have unprotected sex with a partner living with HIV. Gonorrhea can also spread to the blood or joints. This condition can be very serious.

IF YOU ARE A WOMAN

  • Gonorrhea can spread into the uterus or Fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a serious infection that happens when gonorrhea spreads to the reproductive organs.
  • PID can also cause damage that makes you unable to get pregnant.
  • Untreated gonorrhea may cause chronic pain in your pelvic area.
  • If you have untreated gonorrhea, you could pass the infection to your baby when giving birth. Gonorrhea can cause serious health problems for babies.

IF YOU ARE A MAN

  • You may develop a painful condition in the testicles. In rare cases, this may prevent you from fathering children

THE FACTS

  • Gonorrhea (gon a REE a) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
  • Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea. It is more common among teens and young adults.
  • Many people who have gonorrhea don’t know it. Especially in women, the disease often has no symptoms.
  • You can pass gonorrhea to others without knowing it.
  • Gonorrhea can be cured with the right treatment.
  • If you do not treat gonorrhea, it can lead to serious health problems.

 

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We provide testing for the most common STDs:

Chlamydia Testing

The Chlamydia test is a urine test that is both highly sensitive and highly specific. The test detects the presence of the Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. It is advisable that you do not urinate one hour before visiting our STD testing facility.

Gonorrhea Testing

The Gonorrhea test is a urine test that detects the presence of the DNA of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria. The advantage of this test is that it is highly specific and sensitive and it involves no undressing or swabbing.

HIV Testing

The HIV test is a blood test that detects the presence of HIV antibodies and is considered to be the gold standard with a test accuracy of 99.5%

Syphilis Testing

The Syphilis test is a blood test that detects the presence of the antibodies the body generates to fight Syphilis. A positive Syphilis test could indicate either a current or a previous infection.

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