Gonorrhea is a common bacterial sexually transmitted infection that can be spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Symptoms and Screening
Most people with gonorrhea have no symptoms and might have no idea they’re infected. If symptoms do occur, they may appear as a burning sensation while urinating, unusual discharge from the penis or vagina that may be yellow or green in color, or vaginal bleeding between periods. The bacteria can also infect the rectum or throat. Screening is typically done by testing a urine sample or a vaginal self-swab, or by a self-swab the throat or rectum.
Treatment and Prevention
Using condoms with all sexual contact can help reduce the risk of acquiring gonorrhea. Gonorrhea can usually be easily treated and cured with antibiotics, but if left untreated, it can cause serious health issues such as the formation of scar tissue that blocks fallopian tubes, ectopic pregnancy, infertility, or long-term pelvic pain.
If you are having symptoms of infection or if you were notified that one of your partners tested positive, we recommend being seen as soon as possible to receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what to expect during your visit at Bridgercare.