1. What is gonorrhea?
  2. Prognosis of the disease
  3. Symptoms of gonorrhea
  4. Medical tests for gonorrhea
  5. What causes gonorrhea?
  6. Can it be prevented?
  7. Treatments for gonorrhea
  8. What specialist treats it?

What is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by bacteria. It can affect both men and women causing damage to the genital area, anus or throat[AR1] . It is a fairly common disease among young people between 18 and 25 years of age.

Prognosis of the disease

Gonorrhea is not considered a serious disease if treated immediately, but if it develops it can cause irreparable damage.

Symptoms of gonorrhea

Symptoms appear 2 to 5 days after contracting the disease in the case of women, and up to one month in the case of men. The main symptoms are:

  1. Pain in the abdomen
  2. Irritation during urination
  3. Fever
  4. Vomiting
  5. For women, bleeding between menstrual periods and swelling in the vulvar area.
  6. For men, pus discharge from the penis area.

Medical tests for gonorrhea

There are 3 tests for gonorrhea:

  • Gram stain: consists of the analysis of the discharge fluid.
  • Examination of DNA by polymerase chain reaction.
  • Blood test.

What are the causes of gonorrhea?

It is a disease that is spread through sexual contact either vaginally, anally or orally.

Can it be prevented?

To prevent gonorrhea, it is recommended to have protected sexual intercourse, condoms being the best option. It is also advisable to always have sex with the same person to reduce risks.

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Treatments for gonorrhea

Since it is a bacterial disease, it is cured with antibiotics.

Which specialist treats it?

The specialist who treats gonorrhea is the expert in Urology, Dermatology and Gynecology.