Gonorrhea is an infection with a very high transmissibility, affecting mainly the genitals – penis, vagina or anus – but it can also affect the neck in case of unprotected oral sex. It affects both women and me. Men tend to be affected mostly between ages 16 to 19, while in women this infection develops between 20 to 24 years old.
Gonorrhea is transmitted most often through sexual contact with an infected person. The risk of getting this disease is higher if intercourse takes place during or immediately after menstruation. There is also a risk of gonorrhea transmission besides sexual intercourse. Passing on the sex toys, for instance.
Although it is often asymptomatic, good news is gonorrhea is easily treatable. A medical prescription with Cefixime and Azithromycin taken together will assist you eradicate this infection.
What are the causes of gonorrhea?
Neisseria gonorrhea causes gonorrhea. The Neisseria bacterium can live in several areas of the body, such as the urethra, the the throat, the eyes, the cervix or the rectum. Each year there are approximately 1 million cases reported, while at least the same number are not reported. As you can imagine, health and social consequences are significant.
Gonococcal infection is transmitted through vaginal, anal or oral intercourse. Since gonorrhea may also be asymptomatic, performing regular STI tests is extremely important for your health.
What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?
Symptoms of gonorrhea usually appear after a period of 2 days up to 3 weeks after the exposure to the infection. Some women and men are asymptomatic until severe complication occur.
Women`s symptoms are: dysuria (painful sensation when urinating), yellow vaginal discharge, vascular fragility, painful sexual intercourse.
Men’s symptoms are: milky white-yellowish ureter secretion, pain when urinating, redness and swelling of the urethral opening of the penis, lower abdominal pain, edemas and testicular pain.
What happens if not treated?
Although Gonorrhea can be easily treated, if left untreated men can develop epididymitis. Pregnant women are at risk for an ectopic pregnancy, not to mention the fact the infection will spread to the baby. If the infection reaches the bloodstream, this can be life-threatening. Also, if not treated, other sexually transmitted infections, some of them very dangerous, like the HIV virus are more likely to occur.