Gonorrhea, also known as the clap, is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is spread through oral sex, vaginal sex and anal sex. Gonorrhea is spread “fluid to fluid” meaning an infected person’s secretions need to come in contact with the mucous membranes or blood stream of another; as such, you can contract Gonorrhea without penetration.
The bacterium that causes the sexually transmitted disease Gonorrhea grows in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix (opening to the womb), uterus (womb) and fallopian tubes in women and in the urethra (urine canal) in women and men. The bacterium can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes and anus. Treatment for Gonorrhea is done with an injection of prescription antibiotics and CAPS will refer you to a low-cost clinic for treatment.
GONORRHEA SYMPTOMS AND EFFECTS
If Gonorrhea is left untreated, the disease can spread into the uterus and fallopian tubes and cause damage to a woman’s sexual health by causing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and chronic pelvic pain. PID can damage the fallopian tubes enough to cause infertility in women. It also can increase the risk of ectopic pregnancies—a life-threatening condition where a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube. In men, gonorrhea can cause a painful condition called epididymitis and, in severe cases, can so negatively impact a man’s sexual health that it renders him sterile, thus preventing him from ever being able to father children.
Though many women do not exhibit any symptoms of Gonorrhea, some women experience:
- Yellowish or yellow-green vaginal discharge
- Bleeding between menstrual cycles
- Abdominal pain
- Painful intercourse
- Painful urination
- The urge to urinate more than usual
Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Men include:
- Burning when urinating
- Discharge from the penis
- Painful or swollen testicles
Pregnant women with Gonorrhea can pass the infection to their children during childbirth. This can cause blindness, joint infection or a life-threatening blood infection in the baby. Treatment for Gonorrhea as soon as it is detected in pregnant women will reduce the risk of these complications. An effective means to avoid contracting Gonorrhea is to exercise abstinence or to engage in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with a partner that has tested negative for STDs. Transmission of Gonorrhea cannot be prevented by washing the skin of the genitals, urinating, and/or douching after sex. Any unusual discharge, sore, or rash on your skin, particularly in the groin area, should be a signal to stop all sexual activity and visit a doctor immediately.
STI/STD TESTING AND TREATMENT
Gonorrhea testing at CAPS Pregnancy Clinics is simple, quick, and confidential to ensure your comfort and peace of mind. It is done via a urine test. If you suspect you have an infection of your mouth, throat, or anus, we can refer you to a low-cost clinic.
Before your appointment at CAPS, we ask that you don’t urinate or engage in sexual intercourse for 2 hours prior to your visit. We can provide treatment for both males and females, each need an appointment.
We also provide confidential consultations with a medical professional, and referrals when your need extends beyond the scope of our services.
The symptoms of Gonorrhea should never be taken lightly because of the effects it can have on your health. If you believe you are experiencing the early signs or symptoms of Gonorrhea, you should seek testing for sexually transmitted diseases at a CAPS clinic, where you can also get. further education about Gonorrhea.
CDC Gonorrhea Information: http://www.cdc.gov/std/Gonorrhea/STDFact-gonorrhea.htm
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