Gonorrhea

By: Hayley Williams, and Amber Howard.

About Gonorrhea:

Gonorrhea is caused by a Bacterium that infects mucus membranes, including the genital mucus membranes.
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Symptoms:

There are often no obvious symptoms for Gonorrhea, but the ones that do show up include:
Females:
  • Pain during urination.
  • Vaginal discharge or bleeding.
  • Pain in the abdomen or pelvic area.
Males:
  • Pain during urination.
  • Discharge from the penis.

Methods Of Transmission:

Gonorrhea can be transmitted by having sexual relations with someone who has Gonorrhea. A pregnant woman with Gonorrhea can give the infection to her infant during childbirth.

Treatment Information:

For Gonorrhea to be treated, both partners take antibiotics at the same time. Gonorrhea is becoming more and more difficult to treat because the bacteria that causes it have become more resistant to antibiotics.

Health Problems Associated With The Disease:

Females:
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can result in ectopic pregnancies or infertility.
Males:
  • Scarring of the urethra, which makes urination difficult.
  • Painful swelling of the testicles.
Newborns of infected mothers:
  • Blindness.
  • Joint infection.
  • Life-threatening blood infections.

Where To Get Help:

If you have symptoms or are worried that you may have Gonorrhea, you should discuss your worries with your doctor.

How To Avoid Spreading The Disease:

Ways to prevent spreading Gonorrhea include:

  • Sexual relations should be approached responsibly.
  • Limit the number of your sex partners.
  • If you think you are infected, avoid any sexual contact and make an appointment with your doctor.
  • Notify all sexual contacts immediately so that they can be examined and treated by a health care provider.