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Can I get gonorrhea after having unprotected sex with a girl? (Sex query of the day)

Unprotected sex can lead to gonorrhea. Be safe and always use a condom!

sad manI have had a number of unprotected sexual encounters in the recent past. One of the girls I was with, told me she had contracted gonorrhoea a few years ago and was on medication for it. I am now afraid that I might have contracted the STD. Could you please tell me what are the symptoms of gonorrhoea are?

Unfortunately, it is quite possible that you may have contracted the disease. Remember to always use a condom in the future. Diagnosis of gonorrhoea is a simple procedure, and you should see a doctor immediately in order to confirm.

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that is transmitted by sexual contact with an infected person. Caused by an organism known as Neisseriagonorrheae, the disease can be transmitted by contact with body fluids as well. The organism multiplies well in warm and moist parts of the reproductive tract like the vagina, uterus, cervix, Fallopian tubes, and urethra of both men and women. It is also known to grow in the mouth, throat, eyes and anus.

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Some of its symptoms include:

In most cases people don't have any perceivable symptoms, but some of the common symptoms for men are:

  • Severe burning sensation while passing urine
  • A whitish or greenish discharge from the penis.
  • Painful and swollen testis

Men will usually notice these symptoms oneto 14 days after being infected.

Apart from the above symptoms, in cases of gonorrheal infection of the anus both men and women are likely to experience symptoms such as anal discharge, itching in the anal mouth, soreness, bleeding or painful bowel movements.

In the case of gonorrhea of the throat, the person may experience soreness of the throat. (Read: Could your sexual habits put you at risk for gonorrhoea?)

It is really important for you to treat it as untreated gonorrhoea could lead to a condition calledepididymitis, which is an infection of the tubes that connect the testis to the penis. This infection wreaks havoc within the man's body and could lead to infertility.

Another very severe complication of this disease is that it can spread throughout the entire body through the blood into the joints, skin or heart. This condition is also known as DGI or Disseminated gonococcal infection and could be life threatening if not treated promptly.

Hopefully, you haven't contracted the disease, but if you keep having unprotected sex like this you may soon contract gonorrhea or any other sexually transmitted disease. (Read: Sexually Transmitted Diseases you could have one!)

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