What Is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea refers to an STD resulting from the bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhea spreads through sexual activity such as vaginal sex, anal sex, and oral sex. The bacteria affects the mucous membrane of the reproductive system including the urethra in men and women, the uterus, Fallopian tubes, and cervix in women. The infection can also affect the mucous membrane of the point of infection which includes the anus, eyes, throat, and mouth. According to the CDC there are over 800,000 infection cases of gonorrhea in the US every year.
How Is Gonorrhea Spread?
You can get gonorrhea through unprotected vaginal sex, oral sex, and anal sex with a person who has the infection. Gonorrhea transmission can occur during sexual intercourse even without an ejaculation. The infection can also be from mother to baby during the process of vaginal childbirth.
Normally, gonorrhea will not show any symptoms in men or in women. This means that it is possible to have the infection and not know. When the symptoms appear, in men they include painful urination, itching, and an unusual discharge from the penis. In women, the symptoms include fever, painful urination, unusual vaginal discharge, stomach pain, and vomiting.
How Do I Get Tested For Gonorrhea?
We have test centers that use the FDA-cleared Nucleic Acid Amplification test or NAA. This test is recommended by the CDC and is included in our comprehensive STD test that also tests for Chlamydia. This test involves a urine sample that is screened for the gonorrhea bacterium.
Where Do I Get A Gonorrhea Test?
We have over 4500 testing centers around the United States. Finding a test center near you is as simple as entering your location. This will give you all the centers near you and you can choose one to complete the order. You can also call us for any assistance.
What If I Don’t Get Treated?
There are serious health complications that can result from an untreated gonorrhea infection. In men, if the infection is not treated, it can lead to infertility, urethra scarring, inflammation of the prostate, and a painful testicle infection. In women, if the infection is left untreated, it can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Is There A Gonorrhea Cure?
There is a cure for gonorrhea. The infection is easily treatable with antibiotics. In case your test results are positive for gonorrhea, our specialists will guide you on the next steps and prescribe the best treatment for the infection.
Get a gonorrhea test today to know your status.