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What is it
Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that can occur in your mouth, throat, urethra and anus.
Gonorrhea of the throat may not have any obvious symptoms. Symptoms may be so light they could be mistaken for lingering allergies, remnants of a cold, or sore throat. When symptoms are obvious it can be painful, or at least uncomfortable, often producing discharge. Gonorrhea can also be found in the anus, which could result in anal discharge, or discomfort when having a bowel movements. But just because you have a sore throat, or pain when having a bowel movement doesn't mean you have gonorrhea, the only way to know is to get tested. Some people may not have any symptoms, so it's always a good idea to get tested at least every 3 months and have all the areas you use sexually, tested, swabbed, looked at for STDs/STIs. If you have symptoms, they often show up 2 - 10 days after being exposed. They include:
- Need to urinate (pee) more often click to view image
- Discharge from the genitals,which may be yellow or white, watery or thick click to view image
- Burning or pain when you urinate (pee) or have a bowel movement
- Or a person may not experience any symptoms
How Do You Get It
Through unprotected oral, anal or penile, skin to skin contact, usually through unprotected oral, or anal sex. If you're performing unprotected oral on someone you don’t need to get come in your mouth to get infected. It's transmitted skin to skin, for example, if someone has Gonorrhea of the throat and gives you head, your urethra can easily pick it up.
Gonorrhea is now treated by a large number of new and very potent antibiotics. Depending on your healthcare provider, administering of treatment can include an intramuscular injection and or a series of pills. It is important to see your health care provider for a follow-up visit 7 days after treatment to re-check cultures and confirm the cure of infection.
Abstinence is the only 100% effective way of preventing Gonorrhea, however if you choose to engage in sexual activities and are unsure if you or your partner is possibly infected, consistent and correct use of condoms can effectively help reduce the risk of transmission, as can washing your hands right after sex.
If you feel that you or someone you know my have been infected with Gonorrhea click on the following link for testing sights. Click here for testing sites.
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