Yikes! Are You At Risk For Gonorrhea?!


Your doc can help you diagnose and treat gonorrhea. | Source: ShutterStock

Gonorrhea isn’t fun, and it’s on the rise.

Cases of gonorrhea, which is the second most common STD to chlamydia, have jumped up to 25 percent in some areas, and that’s a pretty scary thing–especially since gonorrhea is getting more and more difficult to treat. And even scarier than that? The gonorrhea rates were highest in people aged 15-24 years old. Eek!

Gonorrhea gets increasingly resistant to treatment as it festers in your system and produces new strains, which become the biggest issue here. Gonorrhea is becoming resistant to most of the antibiotics used to treat it, and doctors are pretty worried that we won’t be able to treat it later on because new drugs won’t come out fast enough.

If gonorrhea is left untreated in women and girls, it can lead to infertility (meaning you can’t have kids later), pelvic inflammatory disease, and miscarriages–not anything you want a part in, right?

The good news, though? People are reporting and treating their gonorrhea a lot faster now than they used to, so they’re a lot less likely to infect partners that way.

Doctors advise that the best way to deal with gonorrhea is to not get it: Always use condoms, and only have one partner that you trust. And just because someone says they’re clean doesn’t mean they are, even if they really think so–because gonorrhea often has few to no symptoms (sometimes you’ll have a burning sensation when you pee or weird discharge, but it usually goes away), a lot of people don’t even know that they have it. Going to a doc and getting tested regularly is a super important way to make sure you and your partners stay healthy.

Do you think you’re at risk for gonorrhea? Have you had gonorrhea before? How do you and your partners deal with gonorrhea scares? Tell us in the comments!

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  • misslmh11

    Also, this article would have been much more effective if it would have listed the symptoms of gonorrhea, even if there are few. On the home page it says “Find out how you know and if you can treat it.” but I haven’t learned how I can know if I have this STD.

  • Lena

    Gurl.com really needs to emphasize the point that condoms DO NOT protect against the most serious STDs. Yes, you can still get AIDS/HIV even with protection. Herpes, HTI (Genital warts, which are invisible most of the time and almost guarantee pelvic cancer) and more than half of the thirty-something STDs are contracted by SKIN TOUCH! And guess what? Gonorrhea can’t be detected with a general STD screening, you need to actually know you have it before you can get it tested. The same for HTI and AIDs. You can’t just go to a gyne for a checkup and declare yourself clean. Trust me I know I’m from South Africa. Gurl.com please make this clear it’s very, very scary, America is as bad as Africa for STDs.

    • misslmh11

      If they can’t detect if you have gonorrhea through an STD screening, then how do you know to come in for treatment? Just from the symptoms? That really is scary because from what I learned in my human sexual behaviors class, a lot of STDs can lie dormant for a very long time.