Symptoms, treatment and consequences of Gonorrhea

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Symptoms, treatment and consequences of Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection that usually has symptoms, but it doesn't always have that symptoms. And the symptoms of Gonorrhea are vaginal or could be a penal discharge. It usually looks like what you would expect from kind of pasty, kind of a pustular discharge, or it's green, or yellow, or green-yellow in color. However sometimes it can trip you up and it could just be white to more of a clearish color. So rather than trying to figure it out yourself I highly recommend you go and see a medical provider to get appropriate testing and diagnosis. The good news is, is that Gonorrhea is completely curable. All you need is an injection of antibiotic. It does involve a shot unfortunately but it's the best way to ensure that you've cured the infection and you will also be given a pill at the same time to help cure the infection. Again once you are treated it's not like you can go right back and engage in sex. You need to abstain from sex for 7 days. You can wait longer if you can. But I think you need a minimum of 7 days no sex to make sure that the infection is completely treated and cured and the same goes for your partner. If your partner gets treated a week after you do you going to have to wait a week after the time your partner was treated before the two of you can engage in sexual intercourse. Again, ensure that you are not going to infect each other again. You can have sex if you are going to use condoms but you have to be sure that you are using condoms correctly, and that they are not slipping off for ripping. So really as medical providers we recommend that you don't have sex at all. If a boy doesn't get treated for Gonorrhea then he can develop infection in the epidermis, which is another organ that is located above, it's higher up in the reproductive organs. That can cause pain with urination, and a chronic kind of fashion where he is continually having pain. Every time he urinates, he could just have a dull achy pain in the pelvic area, and that he is not clear where that pain is coming from. Which is why again it's best to get treated, because if you wait until it gets to that point the treatment is much longer and requires like two weeks worth of antibiotics versus just getting treated one day and you are done.
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Diane Tanaka, MD

Adolescent Medicine Physician

Dr. Tanaka is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics and the medical director of the Homeless Adolescent and Young Adult Wellness Center and the MyVOICE Adolescent Transition Program, both at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Tanaka went to University of California, Davis for medical school and did her residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Tanaka's primary speciality is Adolescent Medicine, and her clinical interests include: menstrual disorders, substance use and abuse, and the treatment of sexually transmitted infections. She currently serves at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and was awarded the Barbara Korsch Medical Education Award at CHLA in 2008 and listed in Castle Connely’s directory of top physicians in 2009.

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