Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STD or STI), that occurs commonly in the United States. It affects between 700,000-800,000 people every year. It is obtained through sexual contact, and can cause penile and vaginal discharge, and genital pain, although many people with Gonorrhea don’t have any symptoms at all.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Men and women who are asexually active are at risk of Chlamydia, as it is spread during sex. The vast majority of cases occur in those aged 14-24 years, but occurs at all ages. You cannot get Gonorrhea from a toilet seat or other physical object, but you can get it even if your male partner who has Gonorrhea does not ejaculate during intercourse.
About 80% of men with Gonorrhea will have some symptoms, but women who have Gonorrhea often have no symptoms at all. In men, symptoms usually include penile discharge, burning with urination, and penile or scrotal and testicular swelling. Occasionally, testicular pain is the only symptom. For women, symptoms include vaginal itching, bleeding, and discharge as well as pain with urination and bowel movements. Gonorrhea can also occur in the throat, anus, and eye and symptoms can occur in these locations.
DIAGNOSIS AND GONORRHEA TREATMENT
For men, diagnosis is done by evaluating for Gonorrhea DNA in the urine or by using a swab of the urethra. For women, a vaginal swab that is done by the patient or a clinician is tested for Gonorrhea DNA in a similar manner. Urine tests for women are also acceptable. It is recommended that sexually active non-monogamous adults be tested regularly for Gonorrhea.
If you test positive for Gonorrhea, or if you had sexual contact with someone know to be infected, you should be treated. The recommended treatment is antibiotics, and your partner should be treated simultaneously. Antibiotics are curative in more than 95% of patients. Because Gonorrhea often occurs at the same time as other sexually transmitted infections, you should be tested for HIV, Chlamydia, and syphilis as well.
HOW PLUSHCARE WORKS
1. Video chat with a doctor to tell them about your symptoms and any recent exposure.
2. The doctor can prescribe treatment or send you to drop off a urine sample at a local lab.
3. Pick up your prescription at your pharmacy, or get your lab results online and talk to your PlushCare doctor about what they mean.