What’s the Deal with Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea

Chances are you’ve heard of Gonorrhea. But do you know what it actually is and why it’s so important now, more than ever, to be aware of it? If not, we have some news for you.

What is Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. Like other STDs, anyone who is sexually active can contract Gonorrhea, and it is spread through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

Symptoms can include: pain while urinating, unusual vaginal/penile discharge, and pain in the lower abdomen. If left untreated, Gonorrhea can lead to serious long-term health problems, including chronic pelvic pain and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to severe pregnancy complications and infertility. PID can also spread to other parts of the body and can become life-threatening if it enters the bloodstream.

Now, let’s get to the point. Why should Gonorrhea be on your radar right now?

What Do You Need to Know About Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is becoming smarter, and that’s not good news for any of us. As mentioned in our previous blog, “STD Superbugs – and What that Means for You”, Gonorrhea is the talk of the town (or at least the talk of major news outlets) right now. The antibiotics used to treat Gonorrhea are becoming less and less effective as Gonorrhea has been developing a resistance to them, making it almost impossible to treat.

With all the buzz, we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date, current information regarding the Gonorrhea epidemic. Recently, three cases worldwide have been reported in Japan, Spain, and France, where the infection has become resistant to ALL forms of treatment. This epidemic is occurring world-wide, and is predicted to eventually spread to the U.S. Scary, right? Now let’s take a look at why this is happening.

What is Causing An Antibacterial Resistance in Gonorrhea? 

Researchers have recently discovered that antibacterial resistance in Gonorrhea is on the rise due to unprotected oral sex. Yes, that’s right- oral sex. As mentioned above, Gonorrhea infections can occur in the throat. Since the throat is confined, it’s easy for drug-resistant bacteria to transfer across Gonorrhea bacteria, causing it to develop a resistance itself. Gonorrhea infections that occur in the throat are also harder to treat because antibiotics work in the bloodstream, and there are very few blood vessels that exist in the throat. 

Therefore, it’s important to be cautious while engaging in any type of sexual act, since ALL types of sex including oral, vaginal, and anal sex can spread STDs.

At besafemeds, we believe that prevention is key, and we highly encourage getting tested regularly for STDs, especially for ones that are becoming harder to treat. If you suspect you may have gonorrhea, we can help. Simply fill out our diagnostic questionnaire and a licensed doctor or nurse practitioner will call you to discuss your STD treatment options. 

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