What is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a common STD caused by a bacteria called Gonococcal. The bacteria has the tendency to attack the genital mucous membrane and causes a systemic infection with skin manifestation.
What are the signs and symptoms of gonorrhea?
Someone infected with gonorrhea can be completely asymptomatic and not be aware of it. In other words: IT CAN BE A SILENT INFECTION!!!
A new onset of infection can be manifested with one or more of the following:
- Burning and/or pain with urination
- Lower abdominal pain
- Blood in urine
- Discomfort with intercourse
- Abnormal discharge from genitalia
- Discolored or cloudy urine
How long after sex with an infected individual may you show symptoms?
A few weeks
How can gonorrhea be diagnosed?
A urine or blood sample from a symptomatic infected individual can confirm the diagnosis of gonorrhea. A swab culture from genital discharge can also be obtained to confirm the diagnosis.
How long after testing will results be available?
There is quick, office-based testing for STIs available, but they are not as accurate as samples that are evaluated at a laboratory.
What happens if gonorrhea is not diagnosed and treated appropriately?
You can transfer the infection to your sex partner, and whenever your immunity is low, either of you can have a serious systemic infection. These infections occur when this bacteria from the genital area enters the bloodstream and reaches the brain, skin, and joints. Treatment of such an invasive infection can be tremendously complicated and difficult.
Is there any association between gonorrhea and chlamydia?
Yes. We treat both at the same time.
How can I be treated for gonorrhea?
Treatment of gonorrhea can be easily accomplished with only one dosage of an antibiotic in the office.
What is my risk for other STDs if I’m infected with gonorrhea?
Dr. Shafa recommends that any patient with one STD should also be tested for the other common STDs as well. This provides peace of mind for both the patient and the doctor.
We can offer complete STD/STI panel testing!
You can be tested right here in our office for any symptom or concern you may be experiencing to ensure proper treatment for you and your partner. Testing can be as simple as a clinical evaluation by Dr. Shafa, urine/blood analysis, culture, and biopsy.
Certain types of STDs can be treated immediately!
For certain STDs, we can treat you in the office. A single injection or a single pill by mouth can take care of the infection completely.
For certain STDs, we may also offer Expedited Partner Therapy. For this, we may provide prescriptions or medications for you to take home to your partner without Dr. Shafa having to examine him or her.