This will be horrific if it is true. I’ve heard on the news that a certain strain of Gonorrhea has become resistant to antibiotics. The Center for Disease Control has this information on their website. Right now, this horrible STI is very curable with antibiotics. If you realize you have it, it can freak you out. However, with one pill, Gonorrhea is eliminated from your body. Unlike Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Hepatitis and HIV which can be treated, but can’t be cured. Gonorrhea may join these incurable STI’s if it continues to become resistant to antibiotics. It is important to know the facts and do what you can to prevent contracting this or any STI”s at all.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection which can be contracted through semen or vaginal fluids during unprotected sexual contact, heterosexual or homosexual, with an infected partner:
- vaginal or anal sex with an infected partner
- oral sex, although this is less common
- sharing sex toys
- touching parts of the body with fingers (for example, touching the private parts and then the eyes)
- any very close physical contact
- the bacteria can be passed from hand to hand (very rare isolated cases)
- from a mother to her baby at birth
You can NOT catch it from simple kissing, sharing baths, towels, cups, or from toilet seats according to the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Guide.
The best way to prevent contracting Gonorrhea is abstinence from sex. If this is not realistic, then it is advised to follow these guidelines to reduce your risk of contracting Gonorrhea or any other STI:
- Use latex condoms from start to finish every time you have oral, vaginal or anal sex.
- Have sex with only one uninfected partner whom only has sex with you (mutual monogamy).
- Water-based spermicides can be used along with latex condoms for additional protection during vaginal intercourse. Use of spermicide is not recommended nor found to be effective for oral or anal intercourse.
- Have regular check-ups if you are sexually active.
- If you have an STD, don’t have sex (oral, vaginal, anal) until all partners have been treated.
- Prompt, qualified and appropriate medical intervention, treatment and follow-up are important steps in breaking the disease cycle.
- Know your partner(s). Careful consideration and open communication between partners may protect all partners involved from infection.
Gonorrhea has several symptoms which can appear 1-14 days after sexual contact.
In women the symptoms appear as:
- strong smelling vaginal discharge that may be thin & watery or thick & yellow/green
- irritation or discharge from the anus
- abnormal vaginal bleeding
- possibly some low abdominal or pelvic tenderness
- pain or a burning sensation when passing urine
- low abdominal pain sometimes with nausea
In men the symptoms appear as:
- white, yellow or green thick discharge from the tip of the penis
- inflammation of the testicles & prostate gland
- irritation or discharge from the anus
- urethral itch & pain or burning sensation when passing urine
50% of women and 10% of men do NOT have symptoms of Gonorrhea. You may pass on the infection because you don’t know you are infected. The only way to know for sure you have not contracted Gonorrhea is by getting tested. Very often Gonorrhea is contracted along with Chlamydia. 50% of people who contract Gonorrhea, also contract Chlamydia at the same time. Make sure you also get treated for Chlamydia if it is not ruled out when you are tested for Gonorrhea. If Gonorrhea is not treated it can have long term effects on the body.
In women it can cause:
- life-threatening complications such as ectopic pregnancy (outside the womb)
- blocked fallopian tubes (the tubes which carry the egg from the ovaries to the womb), which can result in reduced fertility or infertility
- long-term pelvic pain
In men, it can lead to:
- painful inflammation of the testicles, which may result in reduced fertility or sterility
It is so important to protect yourself during any sexual contact. STI’s are real. Gonorrhea is one of the most common STI’s out there among young people. It is known that over 65 million people in the United States are living with an STI and 15 million new cases are reported every year. Please be smart about your sex life and practice safe sex every time you have sex.
How frightening! I wonder how we would re-educate the public about gonorrhea should it become drug resistant. Can society change its understanding or a disease and its actions as quickly as diseases evolve?
Thanks for your comment! I wish I could answer your question, but I think STD’s are here to stay no matter how much education is done. Look at HSV (herpes). People know it can’t be cured, but continue to have unprotected sex which exposes themselves to it all the time. We do what we can to get the word out, but I wish it was more effective! Thanks again for reading!!