How You Could Have Gonorrhea and Not Know It

How You Could Have Gonorrhea and Not Know It

Gonorrhea is a nasty STI that can lead to many complications, down the line, and we’re losing the battle in treating it.

Dating and not using condoms? The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a recent friendly reminder to humanity that cases of gonorrhea are on the rise, and we don’t really have drugs to treat them all.

Well, we do but Big G has successfully become resistant to so many antibiotics so far, that doctors and scientists are down to the last line of drugs, when it comes to treating the illness.

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And even those don’t always work. According to BBC.com, 3 recent cases of gonorrhea have been completely untreatable- one in Japan, one in Spain, and a final case in France. Those involved in these cases will have the illness forever. It can cause infertility in both men and women, extreme pain in the pelvic area, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and inflammation of the brain or spinal cord. A scary future.

The problem is, many people contract gonorrhea and display no symptoms, or simply very mild ones. These can include thick green or yellow discharge for your vagina or penis, pain when peeing and bleeding, for women, between periods. In fact, having no symptoms is so common that over three quarters of gay men, and women (gay and straight), have no easily recognizable symptoms at all, when infected.

What can you do about it? Wear a condom. Even if it’s simply oral sex.

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