STD Awareness Week- DAY 2: Gonorrhea

Posted: July 26, 2011 in STD Awareness Week
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Gonorrhea is a bacterium that grows in areas where plenty of moisture is present such as the uterus, cervix, and the urethra in males and females.  This sexually transmitted disease can grown in the eyes, anus, mouth and throat.  Each year in the United States it is estimated that Gonorrhea infects more than 700,000 people, but only 301,174 cases were reported.  Gonorrhea can be even be spread by mouth.  It can be transmitted without ejaculation.  Gonorrhea rates are the highest amongst teenagers, African Americans and young adults.  Untreated gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and epididymitis.  Gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics but it doesn’t fix any complications.  There is an antibiotic resistant strain of Gonorrhea.  The disease has evolved making it difficult to treat in some cases.

An infant born with gonorrhea

Some people may have been infected and not even know it.  The symptoms that do appear include discharge that may be white, yellow, or green and burning when urinating.  Men may have swollen and painful testicles.  For females, the symptoms are usually non existent  or very faint.  It may seen to be a bladder infection.

If you or some one you know are experiences these symptoms, please see your doctor or head over to your local health department.

On the next post, I am going to discuss why it seems like most of the std cases are in the African American community.  As a fellow African American, it’s quite disturbing.



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