Think you have gonorrhea (also known as “The Clap?”) You’re not the only one. It’s estimated that over 700,000 individuals have this STD. The bad news: it can be embarrassing, painful and pesky. The good news: it’s treatable.
Do you have gonorrhea?
Just to recap – gonorrhea can impact both guys and gals. “Boy parts” and “girl parts” are typically the organs effected, however it can also impact other parts of the body, too. Here are some of the most common symptoms of gonorrhea:
Gonorrhea Symptoms – in men
penis discharge, burning urination with increased urge and frequency, testicle pain, swelling, fever
Gals Gonorrhea Symptoms – in women
painful urination with a strong urge to “go”, creamy or bloody discharge, abnormal bleeding, bleeding and pain during sex, swelling and tenderness near the vagina
Think you have gonorrhea? Get a confidential, private STD test from your local lab.
Just last week the CDC urged a new plan for the treatment of gonorrhea. Physicians are being urged to use a two-part treatment plan involving a shot and oral medication. Previous dependence on the antibiotic cefixime is losing effectiveness.
Read more about the CDCs recommendations for treating gonorrhea
Receiving an STD test and receiving proper treatment if results come back positive are important. For one, it can alleviate uncomfortable symptoms and help you feel better. And two, it can reduce the risk of medical complications down the line. Did we mention if gonorrhea goes untreated it can cause major problems like infertility?
Nobody likes the idea of being treated for gonorrhea. Or getting a shot. However with our health … and future families … at stake – there’s really not an option. Make sure to chat with your doctor about receiving the most up-to-date approach to treating gonorrhea in the event you have the virus. And whatever you do – make it a priority to get tested if any concerning symptoms occur.