gonorrhea testing and treatment

Gonorrhea Testing and Treatment in NYC

Gonorrhea is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhea and is a common STD. Over 700,000 people contract the disease each year.  Its presence is particularly widespread in large metropolitan areas such as New York City.

Gonorrhea symptoms usually occur two to five days and can include burning sensations, discharge, pain, increased urination, swollenness and/or even a sore throat. Men may sometimes not experience symptoms for more than a month, and some people may not experience symptoms at all. Women may experience pain in the lower abdomen if the disease spreads to the fallopian tubes and may exhibit feverish symptoms.

If the disease gets into the bloodstream, fever, rash and arthritic-type symptoms may occur. For women, it’s especially important to treat gonorrhea as quickly as possible to avoid long-term complications that may include scarring of the fallopian tubes, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or sterility. If detected early on, a course of antibiotics can be very effective at treating the disease for both men and women.

More than half of people with gonorrhea also have Chlamydia. If both diseases are present, they can be treated at the same time. Typically, a DNA test is used to screen for gonorrhea as it is more effective at identifying the disease than a standard culture.

Central Park Medical Associates offers private and confidential gonorrhea testing and treatment in NYC. We’ve been in practice for more than 20 years and treat our patients with the utmost care, respect and courtesy. Our practice consists of a medical and dermatological office so nobody will know the nature of your visit. Call us today to schedule a confidential gonorrhea test in New York.

GONORRHEA – GET THE FACTS

Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea.

* If they occur, symptoms in men and women vary depending on what part of the body is infected: Gonorrhea can affect the anus, eyes, mouth, genitals, or throat.
* This disease can impact a woman’s ability to have children if left untreated.

What is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a bacterium that can grow and multiply easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix (opening to the womb), uterus (womb), and fallopian tubes (egg canals) in women, and in the urethra (urine canal) in women and men. The bacterium can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus.

How common is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a very common infectious disease. CDC estimates that more than 700,000 persons in the U.S. get new gonorrheal infections each year. Only about half of these infections are reported to CDC. In 2006, 358,366 cases of gonorrhea were reported to CDC. In the period from 1975 to 1997, the national gonorrhea rate declined, following the implementation of the national gonorrhea control program in the mid-1970s. After several years of stable gonorrhea rates, however, the national gonorrhea rate increased for the second consecutive year. In 2006, the rate of reported gonorrheal infections was 120.9 per 100,000 persons.

How do people get gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is spread through contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus. Ejaculation does not have to occur for gonorrhea to be transmitted or acquired. Gonorrhea can also be spread from mother to baby during delivery.

People who have had gonorrhea and received treatment may get infected again if they have sexual contact with a person infected with gonorrhea.

Who is at risk for gonorrhea?

Any sexually active person can be infected with gonorrhea. In the United States, the highest reported rates of infection are among sexually active teenagers, young adults, and African Americans.

What are the signs and symptoms of gonorrhea?

Some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. However, some men have signs or symptoms that appear two to five days after infection; symptoms can take as long as 30 days to appear. Symptoms and signs include a burning sensation when urinating, or a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis. Sometimes men with gonorrhea get painful or swollen testicles.

In women, the symptoms of gonorrhea are often mild, but most women who are infected have no symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they can be so non-specific as to be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. The initial symptoms and signs in women include a painful or burning sensation when urinating, increased vaginal discharge, or vaginal bleeding between periods. Women with gonorrhea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, regardless of the presence or severity of symptoms.

Symptoms of rectal infection in both men and women may include discharge, anal itching, soreness, bleeding, or painful bowel movements. Rectal infection also may cause no symptoms. Infections in the throat may cause a sore throat, but usually causes no symptoms.