Gonorrhea Today we will discuss one of the most comment sexually transmitted infections. Gonorrhea is the second most common sexually transmitted infections and most common in people between 15 and 24 years old. What is Gonorrhea ? Some of the most common names are The Clap and The Drip. There is many hypothesis for where term “the clap” originated, the one that seems most reliable is from the French word for brother “Les Clapier”. On the other hand, the Drip comes from the discharge that come from the urethra. How is it transmitted? Anyone who is sexually active in a non monogamous relationship has the possibility of getting Gonorrhea. Gonorrhea is a bacteria that multiplies in a mucus membrane. This is why it can be transmitted through oral sex , anal sex, and vaginal sex. The infection affects the penis, vagina, cervix, anus, urethra, or the throat. Symptoms Often, Gonorrhea has no symptoms. Most people are not aware that they have the infection — especially women. If you do have symptoms, they may begin to show in-between 1–14 days after you were in contact with the person who transmitted the infection. 4 out of 5 women have no symptoms. This makes it very dangerous if the infection is untreated. Many women often confuse Gonorrhea with a yeast infection. One of the most common symptoms are yellow or whitish discharge. Other common symptoms are abdominal and pelvic pain, burning when urinating, bleeding between menstrual, irregularities painful intercourse, swelling or tenderness of the vulva, the urge to urinate more than usual , burning throat and swollen glans On the other hand, 1 in 10 men have no symptoms. Men tend to have greenish-yellow or whitish discharge from the penis. Other symptoms are pain or burning sensation when urinating. Or more frequent urination than usual. On the top left you will see discharge from the penis. To the top right you will see swollen glans Lastly, in the bottom you will see discharge from the vagina Lastly, any male or female who has anal intercourse has the possibility of having, anal discharge, anal itching, anal bleeding, and painful bowel movements. If Gonorrhea is untreated they may have long term medical issues like ectopic pregnancies, formation of scar tissue that block fallopian tubes, transmitting of gonorrhea from mother to child during birth, long term pelvic or abdominal pain, infertility, arthritis and it will also increase the chances of getting or giving HIV. How do you know? The only way to know if you have Gonorrhea is by getting tested. Urine exam would allow test know if you have Gonorrhea in your penis or vagina. However, swabbing the anus, mouth, vagina and penis would allow you to make sure you don’t have Gonorrhea in all the possible places that you use during sexual intercourse. Luckily, Gonorrhea is easily treated with proper diagnosis a physician can provide antibiotics often found in a pill form or a vaccine (shot). Once you have been diagnosed you need to make sure you have all sexual partners tested and treated to prevent the possibility of the infection from spreading. After treatment, you are recommended to not be sexually active for 7 days. Anyone who is sexually active can get Gonorrhea. men, women, homosexuals, heterosexual, bisexuals, Basically, ANYONE WHO IS SEXUALLY ACTIVE. The only way to completely prevent the possibility of getting Gonorrhea is abstinence. Condoms can prevent the chances of transmitting the infection but its not guaranteed. With that being said, get tested regularly to make sure.