What is Gonorrhea

What is Gonorrhea

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Gonorrhea is another sexually transmitted disease that can be spread through all types of sexual activity.  This includes Oral, vaginal, and anal sex.  In infected people, it can be found in the moist areas of the body like the penis, vagina, eyes, throat, and rectum.

Gonorrhea is a curable STD and the Centers For Disease Control report that there are more than 600,000 new cases of gonorrhea that occur each year in the United States.  This is bad news because gonorrhea can be very damaging to women, it can cause women to lose their ability to have children, and since women often-times do not have any symptoms, gonorrhea may go untreated.

Gonorrhea is mostly seen in sexually active people ages 15 to 30.  If a woman has unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal sex with a man, she has up to a 9 in 10 chance of getting gonorrhea.

One half of the people with gonorrhea have no symptoms so they never get treated for it. This makes it very easy for gonorrhea to pass from person to person without anyone knowing.



The symptoms of Gonorrhea are different in men and women, and this is the one STD in which men are known to have symptoms more often than women do.  One in every five men that are infected with Gonorrhea will not have any symptoms, and his penis will look normal.
Men’s Symptoms are:
1) Yellowish pus at the tip of the penis
2) Burning when urinating
3) Blood in the urine
4) The tip of the penis may be swollen
5) The tip of the penis may be red

Women’s symptoms are usually even more subtle than men’s and often-times they go unmentioned.
1) There may be blood or spotting during and or after penetration
2) Painful or burning sensation when urinating
3) Yellow or bloody vaginal discharge (fluid leaking from the vagina)
4) Burning or itching of the outer area of the vagina

Symptoms of Gonorrhea of the anus (butt-hole) include:
1) A discharge or leaky substance from the hole
2) Itching
3) Painful bowel movements
4) Bright red blood in the stool



The good news is that gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics.  First you have to be diagnosed with it before it can be treated.  So if you even suspect that you might be infected with any STD, you need to visit your doctor immediately.  Oftentimes if the doctor suspects that you have gonorrhea, they will also treat you for chlamydia since the two diseases oftentimes travel together.

Cefixme                 400mg orally
Ceftriaxone            125mg shot
Ciprofloxacin          500mg orally
Levofloxacin           250mg orally AND Azithromycin 1g orally

There are various regimens that a doctor might use to treat gonorrhea.  Remember though, if you take antibiotics for any reason and are on birth control at the same time, you need to use back up condoms for a week because the antibiotics might make it so that your birth control pills do not work.

Also remember that any and all sex partners that you have had in the 60 days prior to knowing that you have gonorrhea need to be treated.