uncomplicated Gonorrhea

What is Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is one of the most common of all sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which is usually found in the genitals, rectum, and throats of infected people. Symptoms of gonorrhea can range from mild to severe, and it can lead to further health complications if it’s not treated right away.

What are the symptoms of Gonorrhea?

The symptoms of gonorrhea vary from person to person. Common symptoms for women include pain or burning when urinating, a yellowish discharge from the vagina, and in some cases, bleeding between periods. Men are more likely than women to show symptoms, with symptoms often appearing within 2 to 5 days of infection. Symptoms in men can include a burning sensation while urinating, a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis, and swelling or pain in the testicles.

How is Gonorrhea Diagnosed?

In order to diagnose gonorrhea, a healthcare provider will need to take a sample from the infected area. This can be done through a swab of the throat, vagina, or genital area. The sample will then be sent to a laboratory for testing. Your healthcare provider may also order a urine sample to be tested for gonorrhea bacteria.

How is Gonorrhea treated?

Gonorrhea is most often treated with antibiotics, which can be taken orally or by injection. It’s important to take all of the medication that is prescribed by your healthcare provider, even if the symptoms go away. Follow-up tests may be needed to make sure the infection has been fully cured.

How can I prevent Gonorrhea?

  • Practice safe sex by using condoms
  • Get tested regularly
  • Avoid having multiple sexual partners
  • Avoid sexual activity when under the influence of alcohol or drugs