Gonorrhea 5 things to know:
How do you get it? • Gonorrhea is spread through contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus. Ejaculation does not have to occur for gonorrhea to be transmitted or acquired. Gonorrhea can also be spread from mother to baby during delivery. • People who have had gonorrhea and received treatment may get infected again if they have sexual contact with a person infected with gonorrhea.
How do you know if you have it? • Gonorrhea symptoms in a female include : • A pus like discharge • difficulty in urinating • excessive menstrual bleeding • bleeding after sexual intercourse • Gonorrhea symptoms in a male include : • A pus like discharge • Burning sensation during urination
How can you prevent it? • The best way to prevent transmission of STDs is to: • abstain from sexual intercourse • to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected • Latex condoms(consistently & correctly) can reduce the risk of transmission of gonorrhea. • Signals to stop having sex: • Genital discharge burning during urination • unusual sore or rash (see a doctor immediately) • If a person has been diagnosed and treated for gonorrhea, he or she should notify all recent sex partners so they can see a health care provider and be treated. • The person and all of his or her sex partners must avoid sex until they have completed their treatment for gonorrhea and until they and their sex partners no longer have symptoms
Can it be cured? Where can you get tested and treated? • Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics prescribed by your health care provider. • If you treat gonorrhea early, it is usually cured with a single dose of antibiotics (either injected or taken by mouth). The earlier gonorrhea is treated, the easier it is to cure. If the infection has spread, you will have to take medication for a longer time. You may need to be hospitalized if the infection is serious • There are a number of tests to confirm a diagnosis of gonorrhea. None of the tests are painful but may just be slightly uncomfortable.
What can happen if you don’t get treated? • IF NOT TREATED • Men gonorrhea : • it can lead to inflammation of the prostate gland pain • inflammation of the testicles • Female gonorrhea : • Untreated gonorrhea can block fallopian tubes (the tubes that carry the egg from the ovaries to the womb), which can result in reduced fertility or infertility. • Can cause an ectopic pregnancy • It can lead to long term pelvic pain and discomfort • Untreated gonorrhea can cause permanent damage that cannot be repaired
Test Questions • What was one way you can clear up or get rid of gonorrhea? • How can you prevent it? • Is gonorrhea a dangerous disease? • Can it kill you? • How is it spread?