Contracting a sexually transmitted disease can change your life forever-and you may not even be aware of it until it is too late. You may have heard horror stories of people who have suffered from the effects of a sexually transmitted disease (also commonly referred to as an STD,) and you probably would rather not experience that for yourself. In your quest to become more educated on the subject, we’ll begin with one of the most common sexual diseases, Gonorrhea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium).
Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea (also known as the clap). This STD tends to breed within warm, moist environments-most often the reproductive tracts, such as the fallopian tubes, cervix, and uterus of women. Other places that gonorrhea can dwell are the urethra (in both males and females,) as well as the mouth, eyes, and throat. It can even be found in the lower extremities of the body, such as the anus.
By coming in contact with the genitals of an infected person, gonorrhea can be easily transferred. An infected mother can transmit it to her child during childbirth. Sexual partners can transfer it to each other during intimacy. The disease is curable, but can be caught again, especially if both partners aren’t treated at the same time.
The symptoms differ between genders, and may not actually manifest themselves for about 3-5 days after the disease is contracted. Sometimes it even takes up to a month for symptoms to really begin to show up. Many men have no symptoms at all, while others might experience pain and/or burning while urinating, a yellowish and sometimes bloody discharge from the penis. There may be swelling and pain in the testicles as well.
For women, the symptoms may be mild, if they show at all. However, vaginal and bladder infections can occur. It is also painful for women to urinate, and may have excessive genital discharges as well, including bleeding between periods. If left untreated the disease can have adverse affects on a woman’s ability to have children.
Gonorrhea should be immediately treated, in order to avoid other, more serious health complications in the future. This disease can evolve into things like pelvic inflammatory disease, or chronic pelvic pain. For men, it can even become a problem to the point that it leads to infertility.
It is important for you and your partner to take the time to get checked periodically so that you know the condition of your sexual health. Try to avoid multiple partners, and consider using protection while having sex. A urine test is based on amplification of the DNA that is present in Gonorrhea. By doing these and other things, you can avoid the painful effects of the sexually transmitted disease called gonorrhea.