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Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea, nicknamed ‘clap’ or 'drip', is a common sexually transmitted infection and is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium. It is spread through vaginal, oral, and anal sex. The bacteria grows in warm and moist areas of the body, including the urethra in men, and the reproductive tract in women, even the human eye can become a host. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk to infect.

RISKS

Women experience a 60%-80% risk of infection from a single act of vaginal sex with an infected man. Men have a 20% risk of infection from a single act of vaginal intercourse, while the risk of men having sex with men is higher. A mother may transmit the infection during childbirth, causing Ophthalmia neonatorum infection to the infant’s eyes.

SYMPTOMS IN MEN

Most infected men exhibit symptoms after 3-5 days after exposure. In some cases symptoms delay 1 month, and some men may stay asymptomatic altogether and do not know they are infected.

  • Yellow greenish penile discharge
  • Swollen tip of penis, painful urethra
  • Burning sensations during urination
  • Sore throat

SYMPTOMS IN WOMEN

Women are often asymptomatic. Some women may develop milder symptoms that can easily be mistaken or dismissed.

  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Sore throat

COMPLICATIONS

Complications of untreated gonorrhoea include systemic dissemination causing septic arthritis, meningitis, endocarditis, or skin conditions such as pustules. In men, untreated gonorrhoea can lead to prostatitis, epididymitis, and urethritis. Women might develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), septic arthritis in wrists, toes, and ankles, and chorioamnionitis during pregnancy, and infertility.

EPIDEMIOLOGY

The World Health Organisation estimates 62 million of new infections every year worldwide. In the US, gonorrhoea is the second most common sexually transmitted infection, after Chlamydia.

PREVENTION

The best prevention is using a condom every time you have casual sex, or when engaging in sex with a new partner. Regular sexual health checkups are strongly recommended to prevent spreading of the disease.

TREATMENT

Gonorrhoea can be treated. Your doctor has several possibilities to correctly diagnose the infection and suggest specific antibiotics or penicillin. All sexual partners should be tested and treated.

SEXUAL HEALTH COUNSELLING

Sex Addiction Australia offers information and sexual health counselling. Please make a confidential appointment with Heide during AEST office hours (+61) 02 9380 4486 or email info@sexaddictionaustralia.com.au

   

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