Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that is also known as “The Clap”. Left untreated, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease or infection in the testicles. It is also possible for the infection to spread to other parts of the body, which could cause problems with joints or heart valves.
Men with gonorrhea typically notice a burning sensation during urination and a discharge coming from the penis. While many women with this STD do not have any symptoms, gonorrhea can sometimes cause pain in the pelvic area and vaginal discharge.
Symptoms of Gonorrhea Up to half of all women with gonorrhea have no symptoms. Symptoms include:
- Smelly urine
- Pain in the lower abdominal area
- Vaginal discharge
- Pain during sex
Men who have gonorrhea may have symptoms such as pain/burning when urinating or discharge from the penis. Both Men and Women May Have the Following Symptoms:
- Sore throat (if infection of the throat occurred)
- Skin lesions (rare)
- Joint pain and swelling (rare)
Oral sex can transmit gonorrhea and cause an infection of the throat. This sort of infection most often causes no symptoms. In the 10% of people who do show symptoms of a gonorrhea throat infection, a sore throat is noted. Most symptoms appear within 4 to 6 days after acquiring the infection, but gonorrhea’s incubation period is anywhere from 2 to 14 days. Although it is rare, people with compromised immune systems can suffer from the infection spreading to their heart or spinal column.
Treatment for Gonorrhea
Gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics. However, the disease is beginning to become resistant to antibiotic treatment, so your doctor will have to decide which antibiotic is best.
Your partner should also be treated for gonorrhea at the same time you are, or you could be re-infected after treatment.
It is very common for people to catch gonorrhea and Chlamydia at the same time, so be sure you are tested for STD’s besides gonorrhea.
If you suspect you could have gonorrhea or any other STD, you should get tested for STD’s.
STD testing online is a good option if you just want the STD test done before making an appointment with a doctor. The way STD testing online works is you schedule a time to go to a testing lab near you (usually there are so many locations that you’ll find one very close by). The STD testing center is confidential and the test usually only takes a few minutes. Then you will receive your test results online. Many companies send your results fast- within 1-2 days.
STD testing online is a good option if you’re pressed for time, don’t want to see a doctor until you know if you have an STD or if you want more confidentiality during the STD testing process.
There are several major companies that offer STD testing online, including:
Continue reading to find out what other STD’s cause stinky urine and what other STD testing options are available.
Tests for Gonorrhea
Your doctor can have you tested for gonorrhea and other STDs. You can also test yourself using an at-home test kit.