Gonorrhea is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) caused by bacterial infection. Also known as the “clap,” gonorrhea is spread by having unprotected sex with a Gonorrhea-infected person.  It can also spread from a mother to a child during childbirth. It is the most common STD in US and many people who have Gonorrhea are also infected with Chlamydia, so they are generally tested together with a simple urine specimen.  Gonorrhea can normally be cured with antibiotics.  Affecting both males and females, Gonorrhea affects about 0.8% of women and 0.6% of men. 

Gonorrhea symptoms in women and men

Gonorrhea is caused by bacteria called Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. A serious health problem arises in both men and women if it is left untreated. A реrѕоn should understand the various ѕуmрtоmѕ оf common STDs like Gonorrhea аnd how tо рrеvеnt the diѕеаѕеѕ.

Gonorrhea symptoms in males:
  • Burning during urination
  • Painful or frequent urination
  • Discharge from the urethra
  • Discharge from the penis (white, yellow or greenish)
  • Swelling or pain in the testicles
  • Rectal discharge
  • Swelling or redness at the opening of the penis
  • Sore throat
  • Pain when passing stools
  • Itching in or around anus
Gonorrhea symptoms in women: 
  • Burning during urination
  • Painful or frequent urination
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Discharge from the vagina (watery, creamy or slightly green)
  • Rectal discharge (from anal sex)
  • Heavier periods or spotting
  • Sore throat
  • Pain during and after sexual intercourse
  • Fever
  • Red, swollen & painful joints

Gonorrhea Testing

It is important to get regular STD, Gonorrhea testing and be open with your sexual partner about STDs. In order to test gonorrhea, a urine sample or a swab of an affected area is analyzed. Swab samples are commonly collected from the penis, cervix, urethra, anus & throat.  At STD Test Chicago, we use a “first catch” urine specimen and confidential results are available in a few days.

When to test:

If you are sexually active, pregnant or considering pregnancy, or at increased risk for this sexually transmitted infection (STI); when you have symptoms, such as pain during urination or bowel movements, anal discharge, itching, soreness, or bleeding, increased vaginal discharge or vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods (in females), or penile discharge or painful, swollen testicles (in males); when a newborn has conjunctivitis.

Since both tests are urine, and they have similar symptoms, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea tests are generally conducted together.

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