Some commonly asked questions:
Gonorrhea may go unnoticed for long periods of time because there are often no signs and symptoms.
Symptoms may include a cloudy, thick, yellow or green discharge from the penis or vagina, as well as pain, sometimes described as a "burning" sensation, during urination. Gonorrhea may also present in the throat, which may cause the feeling of a sore throat. Gonorrhea may also cause infection in the rectum, which may cause itching, burning or pain when passing a bowel movement.
Gonorrhea is easily treated, but when it is not treated, it can be a serious health threat for both women and men. It can lead to pregnancy complications, infertility, and painful arthritis and skin sores.
Yes. Gonorrhea is easy to treat. If you have gonorrhea, you will need to take an antibiotic. Health care providers usually prescribe a single dose of an antibiotic. Some gonorrhea infections, however, are resistant to certain types of antibiotics, so you may have to take more than one dose.
We recommend not having sex for at least one week, making sure your partner(s) are treated, and then using condoms consistently in the future. We also recommend that you come back and see us in 3 months for another test to make sure you are not infected again.
Gonorrhea is spread by vaginal and anal intercourse and oral sex. Gonorrhea can also be passed from a woman to her fetus during birth. It is not passed through casual contact.
You can get screened for gonorrhea with a urine sample, which Project STAY provides onsite!
The following links provide more information:
Scarleteen.org: Sex Ed for the Real World