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What is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a very common and curable STD. It's caused by a kind of bacteria and can be passed from person to person during vaginal, oral and anal sex. The CDC estimates that there are about 700,000 new gonorrhea infections each year in the U.S.
Are there symptoms of Gonorrhea?
For men and most women, gonorrhea can be silent. So you can have it and not know it. Gonorrhea symptoms in men can show up a few days after being infected. Symptoms of Gonorrhea in men can be unusual discharge from the penis, itching, and painful urination. Symptoms of gonorrhea in women can often be more mild. Most women who are infected with Gonorrhea have no symptoms. Gonorrhea symptoms in women can include painful urination, fever, unusual vaginal discharge, bleeding between periods, vomiting, and belly pain.
How do you get Gonorrhea?
Vagina, anal, and oral sex. Gonorrhea can be passed along even if the penis or tongue doesn't fully enter the vagina or anus. So, how can it be prevented? Well, while unpopular, not having sex at all is the only way to be 100% safe from STDs. If you are sexually active, condom use every time for oral, vaginal, and anal sex is your best bet for staying healthy.
The Gonorrhea Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) Test is a urine test, offered in the 8 Test Panel and Gonorrhea + Gonorrhea Panel. This test is highly recommended by the CDC for its accuracy. There's no swabbing. All you do is pee in a cup. Before you go to the test center, please be sure not to urinate for at least 1 hour prior to your lab visit for accurate results.
This urine test is the current standard, the most accurate, and widely used for detecting Gonorrhea bacteria. Because this DNA-based test is so sensitive, it's highly unlikely to have false-positive results. After your results are ready, we will put you in touch with a physician on the phone...at no extra cost. Depending on your situation, he or she will advise you on next steps and, if necessary, prescribe treatment.
Is there a cure for Gonorrhea?
Yes. If you find out you have Gonorrhea, there is an easy treatment for it. Your health care provider can prescribe antibiotics to kill the bacteria. It's important to know that both you and your partner must be treated for Gonorrhea before you can have sexual contact again. It's the best way to avoid getting reinfected. And, as always, follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
What if I don't get treated for Gonorrhea?
An untreated Gonorrhea infection makes you more susceptible to HIV and some other STDs if you're exposed to them. For men, untreated gonorrhea may lead to a painful infection of the testicles, inflammation of the prostate, urethral scarring, and infertility. Pelvis inflammatory disease (PID) is a more common result in women if Gonorrhea is not treated. Untreated PID can lead to potentially dangerous tubal pregnancy and can also lead to infertility.