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Gonorrhea Treatment Related Questions

Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through sexual intercourse. The symptoms differ between men and women. Men generally experience a discharge from the penis and a burning sensation during urination. Women could be asymptomatic or have symptoms that mimic a urinary tract infection such as lower abdominal pain and a discharge. If gonorrhea is not treated, the infection can spread locally and trigger pelvic inflammatory disease or epididymitis. Alternatively, it can spread throughout the body and cause issues that affect the joints and the valves of the heart. To learn more about gonorrhea, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.

How long can someone have gonorrhea without knowing it?

Gonorrhea is generally hard to detect simply because there are no symptoms linked to this sexually transmitted infection in many cases. If a person does experience symptoms of gonorrhea they can often confuse it with a urinary tract infection. Also, while these symptoms can appear in 5-10 days, sometimes they take as many as 60 days to come and become known only when the infection has caused various other issues such as pelvic inflammatory disease, scarring and infertility in women.

If a person is in doubt about whether they have caught an infection and they are experiencing lower abdominal pain and discharge, a consultation with a medical expert is usually in order. If urinating is accompanied by pain, a urine analysis is worthwhile doing to check for a urinary tract infection as well. In some cases, the symptoms could also be signs of other forms of sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia or trichomoniasis.

Many times an infection that has been sexually transmitted can easily be treated with antibiotics. However, in order to end the cycle and prevent recurring infections, the person’s sexual partners should also be treated for the infection. Once the infection has been treated, a follow up can be done to ensure that it is completely eradicated from the system.

Can someone still have gonorrhea and chlamydia even if the tests say negative?

Testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia usually produces only about 95% accurate results which make it possible for a person to test negative while still having the diseases. However, it is a general rule for a person to be tested and treated for these infections if their sexual partner has tested positive for them. This is because treatment is simply the safest way to avoid recurring bouts of the diseases. Once a person is treated for the diseases, a follow up visit for another test is usually done in order to ensure the infections have gone.

How long does it take to test negative after someone begins antibiotic treatment for gonorrhea?

There isn't a 100% accuracy test that can detect gonorrhea which means there isn't a foolproof way of knowing how long it would take for a test to show negative either. For example, a person can test positive even shortly after antibiotic treatment has been completed. This means that a DNA test can show a positive result just two days after treatment because it can detect traces of the dead gonorrhea. In another case, a person who has been sexually active with another person infected with gonorrhea may never even contract the infection. However, a test that shows negative doesn’t always prove this either.

Is it possible for a man to have gonorrhea for many years without showing any symptoms?

This is usually not the case. Gonorrhea can easily be contracted from an infected partner and men, in most cases, would begin noticing the symptoms of this infection soon. Basically, a sexually transmitted disease like this couldn’t go undetected for more than a few weeks of contracting the infection.

Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted infection. When a person tests positive for this infection, they should inform their sexual partner and both parties should seek antibiotic treatment as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns regarding gonorrhea, get in touch with an Expert now. They can offer medical insights and suggestions for proper treatment based on the facts of your case.

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