Facts about Gonorrohoea (more good reasons to use a condom)

Gonorrhoea is a STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) commonly known as the clap or the drop. Infection occurs when you have unprotected sex and it can infect the urine tube, mouth or throat. You cannot pick up Gonorrhoea through casual contact like kissing, hugging, sharing food or from toilet seats and doorknobs.
Symptoms of gonorrhea infection may appear 1 to 14 days after exposure, although it is possible to be infected with gonorrhea and have no symptoms. Men are far more likely to notice symptoms as they are more apparent. It is estimated that nearly half of the women who become infected with gonorrhea experience no symptoms, or have non-specific symptoms such as a bladder infection.
For women gonorrhea symptoms can include:
> A change in vaginal discharge; it may appear in abundance, change to a yellow or greenish colour, and develop a strong smell.
> A burning sensation or pain whilst passing urine.
> Irritation and/or discharge from the anus.
For men gonorrhea symptoms can include:
> A white or yellow discharge from the penis.
> A burning sensation or pain whilst passing urine.
> Irritation and/or discharge from the anus.
Most gonorrhoea strains are completely curable with antibiotics. Speak to your doctor when you have any doubt so you and your sexual partners can be tested and treated. After completing the course of antibiotics you should return to the doctor for a check up as some types of gonorrhea are resistant to certain antibiotics.
Left untreated in women gonorrhea can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease which can increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside the womb) or premature birth. It can also be passed to the baby during pregnancy and the baby could be born with a gonoccocal eye infection.
Left untreated in men gonorrhea can cause painful inflammation of the testicles and the prostate gland. It can also cause a narrowing of the urethra or abscesses which can cause considerable pain and problems whilst urinating.

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