What is gonorrhea?
Hello, I'm glad you were interested in this text, because, in truth, gonorrhea is one of the many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that PrEP doesn't prevent if you don't use a condom!
Without mentioning, for example, an unplanned pregnancy. A teenage pregnancy.
Girl, if you are 15, or even 12, I tell you that your life is yours, as I just said.
But, if you get pregnant, for nonsense, for an afternoon or, often, for fifteen minutes of ambiguous pleasure, your life is destroyed! And if a person asks you for a "proof of love" like this, he doesn't even deserve a slap!
It's a goddamn bastard!
Research, research and research show that over 95% of girls who become pregnant as teenagers do not finish their studies!
It sucks because you will be dependent on other people.
Wait for the right time. Love yourself!
PrEP should be considered a second layer of protection
Condom is, yes, a beautiful panacea for different health conditions that PrEP does not solve. Because it is caused by infection by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae, has become increasingly difficult to treat. It tends to infect hot and humid areas of the body, including:
- urethra (the tube that drains urine from the bladder)
- female reproductive system (fallopian tubes, cervix and uterus)
Thus, when gonorrhea passes from person to person through unprotected by orally, anal or vaginal. People with numerous sexual partners or people who do not use condoms are at increased risk of infection. The best protections against infection are abstinence, monogamy (sex with only one partner) and proper condom use. Behaviors that make a person more likely to engage in unprotected sex also increase the likelihood of infection. These behaviors include alcohol abuse and the abuse of illegal drugs, particularly the use of intravenous drugs.
Symptoms usually occur within two to 14 days after exposure. However, some people infected with gonorrhea never develop visible symptoms. So, it is very important to remember that a person with gonorrhea who has no symptoms, also called non-symptomatic carrier, is still capable of generating contagion. And it is much more likely that a person will spread the infection to other partners when they have no visible symptoms, because they do not know what they are experiencing. However, if you asked me for advice, well, if it was good…. But, in truth, safe sex is very important.
Amarilis, a great friend, made an agreement with her partner and companion. He did not ask for fidelity. Asked security outside the home. and even that she cannot receive… Amarilis left us, prematurely, at 43, for the years 2004/2005.
Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Men
Well, men they may not develop noticeable symptoms for several weeks. Thus, some men may never develop symptoms! And this is very, very serious. get sexual and reproductive health check-ups periodically!
Usually, the infection begins to show symptoms one week after the infection. The first noticeable symptoms in men are usually a burning or sensation of pain during urination. As you progress, other symptoms can include:
- a higher frequency or urinary urgency;
- a dropwise or constant pus from the penis (white, yellow, beige, or greenish);
- swelling or redness at the opening of the penis;
- swelling ou pain in testicles;
- persistent sore throat;
The infection will remain in the body for a few weeks after the symptoms are treated. In rare cases, gonorrhea can continue to cause damage to the body, specifically the urethra and testicles. The pain can also spread to the rectum.
Gonorrhea symptoms in women
Unfortunately, many women do not develop evident symptoms of gonorrhea. When women develop symptoms, they tend to be mild or similar to other infections. Thus, making identification difficult. Gonorrhea infections can look a lot like common vaginal yeasts or bacterial infections. They may look like candidiasis!
- discharge vaginal (watery, creamy, or slightly green)
- pain or burning when urinating
- the need to urinate more frequency
- heavier menstrual periods
- sore throat (oral sex transmits gonorrhea)
- pain after engaging in sexual intercourse
- acute pain in abdomen less
Tests for gonorrhea
Healthcare professionals can diagnose gonorrhea infection in several ways. They can collect a sample of fluid from the symptomatic area with a cotton swab (penis, vagina, rectum or throat) and place it on a glass slide. If your doctor suspects a joint or the blood infection, it will get the sample collecting blood or by inserting a needle into the symptomatic joint to remove the fluid.
They will then add a stain to the sample and examine it under a microscope. If the cells react to the stain, you probably have a gonorrhea infection.
This method is relatively quick and easy, but it does not provide absolutely certainty. This test can also be performed by a laboratory technician.
A second method involves taking the same type of sample and placing it in a special dish. This will be incubated in ideal growing conditions for several days. A colony of gonorrhea bacteria will grow if gonorrhea is present.
A preliminary result can be ready within 24 hours. A final result will take up to three days.
As women are at increased risk of long-term complications due to untreated infections. Infection untreated with gonorrhea in women can ascend to the female reproductive tract and involve the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. This condition is known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and it can cause severe and chronic pain and damage the female reproductive organs. PID can also be caused by other sexually transmitted diseases. Women can also develop blockage or scarring of the fallopian tubes, which can prevent a future pregnancy or cause a ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg is implanted outside the uterus. Gonorrhea infection can pass to a newborn during delivery.
Men may experience scarring in the urethra. Men can also develop a painful abscess inside the penis. The infection can cause reduced infertility or sterility.
These are rare but serious conditions.
Modern antibiotics can cure most gonorrhea infections. Most states also offer free diagnosis and treatment for sexual and reproductive health clinics.
Home remedies and over-the-counter
There are no home remedies or over-the-counter medications that treat a gonorrhea infection. If you suspect you have gonorrhea, see a doctor.
A Gonorrhea is usually treated with an antibiotic injection once in the buttocks or with a single dose of another antibiotic taken orally. Once you are on antibiotics, you should experience relief in a few days.
The law requires healthcare professionals to report the infection, usually to the public health department.
Public health authorities will identify and contact, test and treat any sexual partner of the affected person to help prevent the spread of the infection. Health officials will also contact other people with whom these individuals have had sexual contact.
The appearance of strains resistant to gonorrhea antibiotics is a growing challenge
Such cases may require more extensive treatment, with a seven-day course of oral antibiotics or dual therapy with two different antibiotics, usually for a total of seven days of therapy.
Antibiotics used for long-term therapy are usually given once or twice a day.
Scientists are working to develop vaccines to prevent gonorrhea infection.
If your partner is showing signs of a possible infection, avoid any sexual contact with him. Ask to seek medical attention to rule out any possible infections that may be transmitted.
You are at a greater risk of getting gonorrhea if you already have it or any other STD. STDs are potential facilitators of HIV infection
What to do if you have gonorrhea
If you think you may have gonorrhea, you should avoid any sexual activity. You should also contact your doctor immediately.
During your doctor's visit, be prepared to:
- detail your symptoms,
- discuss your sexual history,
- provide contact information for previous sexual partners so that the doctor can contact them anonymously on your behalf.
-Therefore, if you are in contact with your sexual partner (s), they know that they should be tested immediately.
If you take antibiotics, it is important to take the full course of pills to ensure that your infection is completely treated. Cutting your course of antibiotics quickly can increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance to the antibiotic. So it has happened and gonorrhea. Because, like other illnesses caused by bacteria and other microorganisms, you also need to see your doctor for one to two weeks. Therefore, you cannot walk away from your doctor or neglect medication schedules. It is imperative that you continue the treatment until you are sure that your infection has cleared up.
Know what are the opportunistic diseases!
Translated by Claudio Souza's original Gonorrhea