How do you get Gonorrhea/How can you get ‘The Clap’? Gonorrhea Causes:
Gonorrhea/’The Clap’ is caused by a bacteria and can be found in warm, moist places such as the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, rectum, urethra, mouth, throat, penis or testicles.
Gonorrhea/’The Clap’ is usually transmitted by oral, vaginal, or anal contact and can also be passed from an infected woman to her baby during childbirth.
How to tell if you have ‘The Clap’? Gonorrhea Symptoms:
Many people with Gonorrhea/’The Clap’ do not have noticeable symptoms.
If symptoms do appear, in women they can include:
- increased vaginal discharge
- vaginal bleeding between periods
- painful or burning sensation when urinating
Men’s symptoms can include:
- burning sensation during urination
- white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis
- painful or swollen testicles
Symptoms not specific to either sex can include:
- anal itching
- soreness, bleeding, or painful bowel movements
- rectal discharge
- sore throat
How to know if you have ‘The Clap’? Gonorrhea Tests:
Gonorrhea/’The Clap’ can be detected via a urine sample or a swab of the vagina, rectum, throat, or urethra.
Relief spells (Rolaids?!) Gonorrhea Treatment:
Antibiotics can successfully cure Gonorrhea/’The Clap’. However, drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea are increasing in many areas and can complicate treatment.
Because many people have chlamydia as well, antibiotics for both infections are usually given together.
A person can be reinfected if an infected partner is not treated and should be re-tested in 3 months to detect new infections due to sex with an untreated or undiagnosed partner.
What’s going to happen to me?!!?! Gonorrhea Expectations:
If the infection spreads to other parts of the body it can be more serious, but it almost always gets better with treatment.
Things to be aware of… Gonorrhea Complications:
Untreated women may develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and left untreated in men it can lead to infertility, prostatis or epididymis, and/or narrowing of the urethra which makes it difficult to urinate.
Passing it from an infected mother to a child can cause blindness, joint infection, or a life-threatening blood infection.
More rarely, in its advanced stages it spreads to the blood or joints and can cause aching or swelling, skin lesions, and infections of the heart, bones, and the sheaths that cover the nervous system.
In very rare cases, it can be fatal.
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