Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It commonly affects the urethra, rectum, and throat, and in women, it can also infect the cervix. Gonorrhea is a common infection, especially among young people aged 15-24 years. It can lead to serious health problems and complications if not treated....


What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?

  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Increased vaginal or penile discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods in women
  • Painful or swollen testicles in men
  • Rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding
  • Sore throat (in cases of oral infection)
  • Often, no symptoms are present

How soon after exposure should I get tested for gonorrhea?

You should consider getting tested for gonorrhea if you have symptoms, have a sexual partner who has been diagnosed with gonorrhea, or if you’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner. Testing is usually recommended within 2 weeks after potential exposure to ensure accurate results. If the initial test is negative but there’s a strong suspicion of infection, a follow-up test might be recommended.

What is the treatment for gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics. The current guideline typically involves a single injection of ceftriaxone along with oral azithromycin. It’s crucial to complete the entire course of prescribed antibiotics even if symptoms disappear. Sexual partners should also be treated, and sexual activity should be avoided until the infection is fully cleared to prevent reinfection and spread.

How can I protect myself from gonorrhea?

To reduce the risk of gonorrhea, use condoms correctly every time you have sex, whether it is vaginal, anal, or oral. Limiting the number of sexual partners and avoiding sexual contact with those who have symptoms of an STI can also lower your risk. Regular screening is important if you are sexually active, particularly for younger individuals and those with new or multiple sex partners.

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