Gonorrhea

The slang names for Gonorrhea are the whites, the drip, a race horse (because it is always running), G.C. and clap. Caused by a bacteria that is spread by direct sexual skin to skin contact. That eliminates toilet seats, sharing a can of pop or petting. The bacteria thrive in dark, moist, warm, mucous membrane areas of your body; if they are exposed they die immediately.

Folks who are infected generally have signs and symptoms. Many others will be totally unaware that they have Gonorrhea and can spread the infection to their partners or others. The signs and symptoms show up in 2-10 days and include a thick yellow-green discharge from penis or vagina, burning pain when urinating, and frequency of urination.

Untreated in women, the bacteria can move to the Fallopian tubes, set up an infection called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease or PID. This may cause extreme pain so she will go for a diagnosis and treatment. But if there is no pain, an abscess forms which may become scar tissue that completely or partially blocks her tubes. This may result in sterility because an egg cannot pass through her tube to be impregnated by a sperm. Or, if the tube is only partially blocked, small sperm can pass by the partial obstruction, impregnate an egg, but the fertilized egg cannot pass the scar blockage. The egg will grow for up to 8 weeks, then the tube ruptures - Ectopic or Tubal pregnancy occurs, which requires immediate surgery and even then they can't save that tube.

In males, the bacteria pass through his urethra down to the Vas, the little tube connecting urethra to the testicles. Untreated, within 4 weeks, an abscess may form, then scar tissue which blocks the vas. Now, he is sterile, shooting blanks, because sperm cannot pass this scar tissue. We do have surgery to remove the scar tissue in males.

Diagnosis is done by a swab which is sent to a Lab, but if your doctor suspects Gonorrhea, they will "test and treat" immediately to prevent complications and the risk of spreading the disease. Treatment is simple, massive doses of antibiotics. Do take all the pills prescribed to ensure a cure, and you must be retested.

ORAL SEX: If you perform oral sex on a person who has genital gonorrhea, you can get the infection in the back of your throat. You may notice a sore throat and a pus-like discharge. See your doctor.

Gonorrhea from ANAL SEX may have some discharge, itching and burning, but most of the time it is not diagnosed and treated. If you notice symptoms, see a doctor.

Prevention is SAFER SEX or NO SEX.