Gonorrhea is one of the most prevalent forms of sexually transmitted diseases in the UK. It is second only to Chlamydia and the number of cases seems to be on the increase. In 2012, there were 25,000 reported cases of Gonorrhea in England. The actual numbers are purported to be far higher, as not everyone presenting with the disease is aware that they even have it.
This highly infectious, sexually transmitted, disease caused by the Neisseria Gonorrhea bacteria found, primarily in the genital discharge of both men and women. There are reported cases of the disease presenting in the eyes, mouth, throat, also the rectal areas of the body. One of the most important measures for anyone who finds that they have the symptoms is to get immediate treatment and prevent long term occurrence, serious and debilitating health issues and even infertility.
How do you contract Gonorrhea?
This is a sexually transmitted disease and it passes from one person to another through sexual intercourse. The bacteria causing the infection, found in genital bodily fluids as well as fecal content and bacteria from the rectum, is highly contagious. Gonorrhea easily transmitted through individuals sharing sex toys that have not been properly disinfected: Where one user with the disease is extremely likely (definitely) to pass on the disease to others.
Unborn babies are put at risk when the pregnant mother has the disease. The children of these parents, especially if the disease is left untreated, are, almost always, born with symptoms of gonorrhea and if they are left untreated, the disease can be deadly.
Contracting the disease can be as quick as one sexual contact with a sufferer without prophylactic measures i.e. condom.
The warning to anyone not using protective measures is that they are extremely likely to contract gonorrhea (or any sexually transmitted disease). This makes sexual activity with multiple partners and even new partners extremely risky.
This is a sexually transmitted disease. You cannot pick it up from hugging or kissing someone with the disease. Nor can you get it if you swim in the same pool, use their towel, cutlery or even from the same toilet seat.
A large number of people have this highly contagious and sexually transmitted disease, without experiencing any form of related symptoms. Gonorrhea appears to have different incubation periods within the high numbers of people who contract the disease, ranging from a few weeks, to some months, before symptoms are actually, realized and identified by the individual.
- Pain and discomfort in the anal region.
- Spotting between periods
- Suddenly having more heavy days during the monthly menstrual period
- Abdominal or lower back pain
- Vaginal discharge; watery fluid, yellow or green in colour
- Pain whilst urinating
- Tender or raw testicles
- Pain or discomfort around the anus
- A burning sensation or some pain whilst urinating
- A white, yellow or greenish discharge from the tip of the penis
What should you do if you think you have Gonorrhea?
Before panic sets in, and before you decide that you have self-diagnosed yourself as having the nasty disease, you can easily take the test to prove whether your fears are justified or not. The method involves taking a swab of the discharge from the genital area, using the test kit provided. The result of the rest will indicate, whether there is a presence of bacteria associated with Gonorrhea.
Men are also able to provide a urine sample to test to the presence of the bacteria.
There are many genitourinary clinics and well women clinics where both men and women are encouraged to seek help and treatment. Even if you have something similar but are worried, seek medical advice before it goes on to become something far more sinister.