Gonorrhoea is a commonly sexually transmitted infection (STI) affecting millions of people around the world.
It is caused by unwanted bacteria and can be spread by contact with the mouth, vagina, penis or anus.
It is generally caught during sex and other sexual acts where genitals are involved.
What actually happens during infection is the bacterium grows in warm, moist areas of the body, in particular the tube that carries the body’s urine.
It can also hibernate in the reproductive tracts in females such as the fallopian tubes and cervix. In fact, the bacteria can even grow in ones eyes!
In short, if infected it is common that you experience an irritating and burning sensation when urinating and generally at random periods throughout the day.
Other symptoms may include damage to the internal tubes, such as the urethra and the uterus, and can in turn cause further health problems if it goes on untreated.
Health care providers in most Western countries around the world are required by law to make officials aware, if they know anyone who is diagnosed with gonorrhoea.
The aim of this law is to make sure the patient gets treatment, and therefore does not further infect and spread the disease across the world.
It is also encouraged for those infected to inform the recent sexual partners of their status.
In the United States, more than 700,000 people pick up the sexual transmitted infection every year, and it is very common among sexually active people.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mention above, have multiple sex partners, have had a partner with a history of STI’s or even just have sex without protection, then it is recommended you get in touch with your doctor and be tested.
The good thing about gonorrhoea is that unlike some other STI’s like genital warts, herpes and HIV, it can actually be treated and cured.