Gonorrhea: A Historical Look

STDsGonorrhea has a special place among sexually transmitted diseases today, mostly due to the fact that it seems have largely slipped under the radar in most sexual education programs and the public by and large is relatively unaware of the causes, effects, and dangers of the infection. We spend a lot of time educating people on the dangers of HIV and AIDS and how you should be careful to avoid getting herpes, but not a lot of attention is spent on telling people about gonorrhea and why they should also be concerned with contracting the disease. If you want to get down to the bare facts, gonorrhea needs to be something that you educate yourself on because the harsh truth is that an untreated gonorrhea infection can and will result in you becoming infertile (regardless of whether you are a female or male). So take some time and think about whether or not you ever want to have kids because if you do, you should do whatever you can to protect yourself from the disease. Even if you don’t want kids some day, the internal damage done by an untreated gonorrhea infection can cause a significant amount of damage and you will end up paying a lot for your doctors bills.

First lets look at the cause… the actual scientific name for the disease is Neisseria gonorrhoeae.   So you know why they shortened it just to gonorrhea. It is a very common bacteria among sexually active individuals and it loves to live and breed around moist areas, just like the vaginal and oral, and anal cavities of the human body. In terms of popularity (if we can talk about diseases as a popularity contest) gonorrhea comes in at right about second place… the most common disease and infection among sexually active individuals in the US being chlamydia. Pittsburgh sexually (STD) transmitted disease clinics for your gonorrhea testing.

If you want to know whether or not you have gonorrhea the only sure fire way to actually know is to go to the doctor and get tested! It is one of the few diseases that can persist in your body and cause damage while having ABSOLUTELY no outward effect. Yes you read that right, you can get the STD gonorrhea which will render you impotent and you won’t even feel a thing. If you do notice symptoms you’re one of the lucky ones and more than likely it will be a strange discoloration of your urine or semen. Men often complain of having sore testicles and burning sensations while they urinate. Females are significantly less likely to experience any of the signs of gonorrhea while they are simultaneously more likely to have the horrible effects of being rendered impotent. Symptoms in females generally look like those in males; a strange discoloration of the urine followed by burning of the vagina or anus that is frequent and sharp. Usually females end up getting some sort of pelvic infection when they leave the disease untreated.


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