Gonorrhea. The G word.

flickr.com /photos/ jakefowler/ 34989134Nuts-and-bolts about gonorrhea.

  • Sexually transmitted.
  • Symptoms are different for men and women.  For men, the most common symptom is pain with urination.  In women, less than ½ have symptoms.  When present, symptoms are vaginal discharge and pain with intercourse.
  • 10 to 40% are coinfected with Chlamydia, too.
  • Cure rates are 95% with a single dose of antibiotics.

The natural history of untreated gonorrhea infection is weeks (to  months) of unpleasant symptoms… and then spontaneous resolution and clearance of the bacteria.  This means that you can get rid of the infection without antibiotics, but if left untreated, you are a vector and can pass this infection to others. And, gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which may lead to pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, and to infertility.

Ways to avoid gonorrhea?   Don’t have oral, anal or vaginal intercourse.  If you are with a new partner,have yourself and a new partner (go as a couple!  have fun with it) tested for sexually transmitted infections.  Use condoms.

Hope this helps.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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