Second only to Chamydia, gonorrhea is a very common sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
It is also known as “the clap”. If untreated, it spreads to many areas of the body causing joint and even heart valve problems.
How do I get the disease?
- Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection that you can get by having sexual contact (oral/vaginal/rectal intercourse) with an infected partner.
- Rarely, the infection can be spread by the fingers from the genitals to the oral/genitalia.
The incubation period varies but generally, symptoms appear within a week to about a month after exposure.Symptoms: How do I know I have gonorrhoea?
The majority of men and women who are infected do not show symptoms. It is estimated that as many as 70% of people are asymptomatic or have subclinical disease. Those who have symptoms or remain untreated, show:
Gonorrhea can also infect the throat and/or the anus. Click the links below to find out what kind of symptoms you can get from Throat and Rectal Gonorrhea infection.Click here for more info on Throat Gonorrhea Click here for more info on Rectal Gonorrhea
Diagnosis: How do I get tested?
Testing for Gonorrhea these days is very simple. We just need a urine sample. This applies to both men and women.
Gonorrhoea is very easily treated and cured. Usually one course of antibiotics will be sufficient.
Treatment should begin as soon as gonorrhoea is discovered. If treated early, one can avoid the health problems it causes.
After treatment, the patient usually needs to return to the doctor for another check to ensure that the infection is completely cleared. A test will be done which is called “test of cure”. Some types of gonorrhoea are resistant to the common antibiotics and other types of antibiotics will need to be given.
Complications: What if gonorrhoea is not treated or treated late?
If left undiagnosed and untreated, gonorrhoea can cause serious health problems like:
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Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.