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Gonorrhea STD Brief
These briefs are intended to give readers (specifically those readers who weren’t aware many of these STDs existed) an overview of each STD, their commonality, treatment options, and diagnostic tests available.
This information is by no means all-encompassing and The STI Project encourages using these briefs as primers and then further delving into the resources section when subsequent questions arise.
Gonorrhea Symptoms, Test & Treatment
Common? Quite common – Around 600,000-700,000 people infected in the U.S. annually
Symptoms Usually none! Sometimes, abdominal pain, bleeding between periods, fever, painful intercourse, painful urination, pus-like discharge, throwing-up, swelling or tenderness of the vulva, anal itching, painful bowel movements. Sometimes itching or soreness in the throat
Bacterial/Viral/ Fungal/Parasitic Bacterial
Test Cell samples, discharge samples, or urine samples
Life-Threatening? No, but left untreated, it can be a serious health risk causing infertility, arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease, epididymitis, disseminated gonococcal infection, premature labor, and stillbirth as well as the risk of being passed to the fetus
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