What is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that grows in areas of women’s reproductive tracts, in the urine canal of men and women, and in the mouth, throat, eyes and anus.
It is particularly common among sexually active teenagers, young adults and African Americans.
It can be contracted through anal, vaginal or oral sex.
How do I know if I have it?
Some men do not have any symptoms; however, symptoms can include a burning feeling while urinating – as well as a white, yellow or green discharge from the penis. Some men with gonorrhea have swollen or painful testicles.
Most women do not have any symptoms. That said, symptoms can include a painful sensation when urinating, increased vaginal discharge, or vaginal bleeding between periods. Even women with no symptoms are at risk of developing serious complications from infection.
For Men and Women:
For rectal infections, symptoms may include discharge, anal itching, soreness, bleeding, or painful bowel movements. There also may be no symptoms.
While throat infections usually have no symptoms, sore throat may be a symptom.
Can it be cured or treated?
It can be cured with medication; however, it is important that you take ALL medication prescribed to you. While medicine will stop the infection, it will not heal any permanent damage caused by gonorrhea.
Remember: The best treatment is prevention. If you do choose to have sex (anal, oral, or vaginal), using latex condoms correctly can help reduce the risk of spreading gonorrhea. If you’re unsure about whether you or your partner has gonorrhea, be sure to get tested first. Read more at the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/stdfact-gonorrhea.htm
If you need to get tested, visit our website for help locating a Mississippi clinic near you: https://www.factnotfictionms.com/clinics