All the facts about gonorrhea on the table! Gonorrhea is often colloquially called "clap" or "drip". It is one of the most common and longest known sexually transmitted bacterial infections caused by gonococci. We'll tell you about gonorrhea, how to recognize it and how to prevent it. But before we get started, here are a few hard facts about gonorrhea:
💡 An estimated 60 million people worldwide are infected with gonorrhea each year
💡 In Germany, the infectious disease is not notifiable
💡 Gonorrhea - a sexist? Not at all: men and women are equally affected by an infection
The first symptoms can appear after only a few days, but the incubation period can also be up to two weeks.
Purulent discharge or spotting
Frequent need to urinate
Fever and pain in the abdomen
Pain during urination or bowel movement
Purulent discharge from the urethra
Frequent need to urinate
Epididymitis or prostate inflammation
Pain during urination
💡 Good to know: In the throat and rectum, gonococci usually cause no symptoms, but can be transmitted to sexual partners. In the rectum, this increases the risk of HIV infection.
If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to infection of the vas deferens. In people with vaginas, the infection can affect the cervix and fallopian tubes and, if left untreated, can lead to infertility due to adhesions. Infants can become infected with gonorrhea at birth, resulting in conjunctivitis, which often led to blindness in the past if left untreated.
Unprotected anal, oral, or vaginal intercourse
Use of shared sex toys
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For people with an active and varied sex life
People who have a chlamydial infection
Men who have sex with men are at greater risk of infection
Pregnant people (these tests are performed as part of the prenatal care provided by a doctor)
You notice symptoms that could fit? Then you should see your doctor. However, since many gonorrhea infections are asymptomatic, regular testing is a step towards safe sex.
Unfortunately, there are currently no reliable home tests as rapid tests for gonorrhea approved in the EU. The test methods are not sensitive enough to reliably detect an infection.
You can find them in many larger cities and towns and, of course, in almost every major city. It's best to find out what's on offer and what the costs might be on the respective website.
These are home tests that are sent to a laboratory. The results are very reliable, but you are usually left alone with them.
The s.a.m health STI test is an exception to the submission tests. You will receive a medically trained briefing by telephone before taking the test. Your test will be sent to the laboratory and evaluated according to the latest medical standards. Afterwards, we will be there for you and discuss the next steps if the result is positive.
💡 We have summarized all the information about which STI tests are the most reliable for you.
This test is also known as PCR test. The method is very sensitive and provides particularly reliable results, even without symptoms. The test for gonorrhea in s.a.m health also uses this method.
Your body reacts after an infection and forms antibodies. These can be detected in the blood after some time. However, it says nothing about whether a healed or a disease requiring treatment is present.
If symptoms are present, the doctor will also take a swab and examine it microscopically. Depending on the spread of the infection, the gonococci may already be visible there. For a precise analysis and reliable diagnosis, bacterial cultures are then prepared in the laboratory, which additionally provide information about the most suitable antibiotics for treatment and resistances.
How do you get rid of gonorrhea now? A gonococcal (gonorrhea) infection can usually be treated well with antibiotics. Therefore, always consult a doctor. They will discuss the treatment options with you and prescribe an effective antibiotic. In recent years, many antibiotic-resistant strains have developed, which is why proper and medically supervised treatment is absolutely necessary.
Also, if you test positive, remember to inform your sexual partners so that they can also be tested and you are not potentially at risk of infection again the next time you have contact.
And sex? Yes, we know sex is awesome! But until the treatment is completed, you should rather abstain from it. By the way, this also applies when the symptoms have already subsided. The antibodies always subside after an infection. The body's own protection therefore does not last a lifetime. Protect yourself and get tested regularly.