Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection transmitted by sexual contact.  It can infect the penis, vagina, anus or throat.   Infected people may not have symptoms and untreated gonorrhea can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease(PID), which can lead to infertility and ectopic pregnancies in the future.

Symptoms:

Men

• Burning sensation when urinating

• Discharge from the penis

• Painful or swollen testicles

Women

• Burning sensation when urinating

• Increased vaginal discharge

• Vaginal bleeding between periods or after intercourse

Testing:

Anyone who is sexually active should discuss risk factors with a health care provider and consider being tested for gonorrhea and other STDs.

The CDC recommends testing for:

• Anyone with symptoms listed above

• Anyone with a sex partner who has been recently diagnosed with a STD

Treatment:

Gonorrhea is treated with two antibiotics  People diagnosed with gonorrhea should remain abstinent for seven days after starting treatment.  Your partner should be tested and treated.

Prevention:

Consistent and correct condom use can help prevent transmission of gonorrhea.

Resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/default.htm