What Is Super Gonorrhea?
What is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae / gonococcus.
Gonorrhea affects both men and women. The bacteria can infect the cervix in women, the urethra, the rectum and also the throat and eyes (but this is less common).
What is super gonorrhea?
Super gonorrhoea is the term used to describe strains of bacteria that cause the sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhea and are resistant to a range of antibiotics.
What are the signs of gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea symptoms can vary between men and women since their genitals are so different.
Gonorrhea symptoms in men:
A white / yellow / green discharge from the tip of the penis
Pain / burning when urinating
Inflammation of the foreskin
Pain in the testicles (rarely)
Gonorrhea symptoms in women:
A watery yellow / green discharge from the vagina
Pain / burning when urinating
Pain in the lower abdomen (less common)
Bleeding in between periods (less common)
If the infection is in the rectum, there can be some pain and discharge. If the infection is in the eyes, symptoms can include swelling, discharge and discomfort. Gonorrhea in the throat generally causes no symptoms.
10% of men and almost 50% of women don’t have any symptoms at all. This is one of the reasons that gonorrhea is spread so easily, since many people are unaware that they have the infection.
What does gonorrhea look like?
The only visible symptom of gonorrhea in the genitals is discharge from the penis or vagina, and possibly some swelling of the foreskin. Some people show no symptoms at all and are completely unaware that they have the infection. There is no visible rash.
How is gonorrhea spread?
The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are spread from one person to another through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex. You can also get gonorrhea from sharing vibrators and sex toys that haven’t been cleaned in between uses.
It can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby when she gives birth. It’s important to get treated before giving birth as gonorrhea can cause blindness in a newborn.
Is gonorrhea curable?
Gonorrhea is curable, and it should be treated as soon as possible to avoid any complications. The first line of treatment is an antibiotic injection followed by an antibiotic tablet, and the second line of treatment is antibiotic tablets.
Any symptoms should clear up within a few days of successful treatment, but you should avoid having sex until you’ve been tested again and are clear of gonorrhea.
Certain strains of the bacteria that cause gonorrhea have mutated to become resistant to some of the common antibiotics that are used to treat them. This means that larger doses of antibiotics are sometimes necessary to clear the infection entirely.
What is the clap?
The clap is another name for the STI gonorrhea, and how it used to be known in years gone by.
What are antibiotics?
Antibiotics are antimicrobial medications. Taking antibiotics treats infections caused by bacteria. They are ineffective against viruses, such as colds and flu, so they shouldn’t be taken for this reason.
What is antibiotic resistance?
Antibiotic resistance is a term used to describe strains of bacteria that are untreatable by standard doses of antibiotics. Bacterial resistance is a concern across the world, for people of all ages. It is part of the reason that super gonorrhea has come about, since certain bacteria have developed a resistance to the usual antibiotic treatments.
You should always listen to the advice of your medical professional. Use of antibiotics isn’t appropriate for all illnesses, so you shouldn’t insist on them if your doctor tells you they won’t work in your situation.
How do bacteria become resistant to antibiotics?
Overuse of antibiotics is one of the main reasons that bacteria are becoming resistant to this medication. If you are prescribed antibiotics by your doctor, you should make sure that you complete the whole course of treatment. This makes sure that you get rid of all the bacteria present. You also shouldn’t share your antibiotics with anyone else.
How can I reduce my risk of getting super gonorrhoea?
Like with other STIs such as chlamydia and trichomoniasis, practicing safe sex is the only reliable method of gonorrhea prevention. This means using a barrier method of contraception, such as a condom, when having vaginal, anal or oral sex with new or casual partners, and making sure long term partners have been tested and are clear of any STD.
You should also take care when using sex toys with another person, and either wash them before switching user or using a new condom.