How long does gonorrhea last after being treated?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that once infected, starts producing symptoms within days. Often referred to as the “clap,” gonorrhea can pose significant physical health risks if left untreated. Although it has been medically defined and researched for centuries, people still have several questions about its duration after being treated.
In this article, we will dive deep into how long gonorrhea lasts after being treated with some fun facts sprinkled in along the way. So grab your microscope and get ready for an unforgettable ride!
What Is Gonorrhea?
First things first! Before discussing how long gonorrhoea lasts after treatment, let’s take a quick look at what exactly it is.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Gonorrhoea is caused by bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae (invisible tiny creatures) which are mostly found in warm humid areas of sexual organs including genitals, rectum and throat.
It spreads when body fluids such as semen or vaginal fluid come into contact during unprotected sex with infected individuals(s)j thereby infecting them too.
Some gruesome pictures maybe?
Unfortunately,there isn’t much one can do except getting themselves tested from state department clinics,HIV clinics/nurses,gynecologists etc
However,opting for safe /protected sex using barrier methods like condoms,dental dams could help prevent catching this monster STI.So think before you act(naughty naughty!)
The Duration Of Symptoms
Depending on various factors like immunity,functionality of immune systems,the incubation period length may vary,but common symptoms begin arising between 2-5days from exposure.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),the following are symptoms that one may experience if infected:
- Thick,smelly yellow/bloody vaginal discharge or pus-like substance from penis
- Frequent urge to pee with painful burning sensation while passing it.
- Redness/inflammation in genitals,rectum,mouth or throat regions.
- Pain,dizziness,fatigue(more severe cases)
In some rare cases,symptoms will only show up after a month. However,it is essential to take these noticeable symptoms seriously enough by getting tested at earliest.
Is Gonorrhea Treatable?
Yes! That’s the good news.The bad news? The bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae has been evolving/developing resistance against most often used antibiotics.(Sigh!!)However,newer medications have been discovered which seem effective on treating this pesky STI-YAY!!
To ensure proper treatment,get yourself checked,& stuck with prescribed medicines adhereed strictly.Do not make dosages without prescription from doctors/nurers.
Methods And Duration Of Treatment
Upon being diagnosed with gonorrhoea,the doctor prescribes antibiotics depending upon the severity of infection.Significant antibiotic regimens include:
Ceftriaxone Injection With Azithromycin Pill Combination
This combination works wonders on modrate -severe level of infections.According to CDC,Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project study reports showed iv rise in infections resistant towards cefixime(oral granules).
It takes approximately seven days for azithromycin regimen and about 24 hours for injections containing ceftriaxone.Although efficacy still depends upon various factors like age group,prescribed dosage,resistance levels,treatment adherence,economic barriers etc.
Amoxicillin & Tetracycline Capsules Intake
This method was primarily used as first line treatment until N.gonnorhoeae started showing resistance towards it,thus making it unsuitable as a single method and will sometimes mostly be paird with another drug like cefixime.
It may take up to 1-2 weeks for N.gonnorrhae bacteria to completely leave your system after completing the antibiotic course recommended by doctor or nurses themselves.
Some Fun Facts To Keep The Mood Light
Gonorrhoea has been prevalent in humans from ancient times when people refered to this infection as ‘clap’, which ultimately led into the misconception of clapping ones feet against floor /wall with pleasure during sexual sessions.
The nickname occurred because prostitutes would slap their thighs (known as ‘the clap’ back then due to a similar-sounding Latin word) once they had developed gonorrhea symptoms. Unfortunately, the name still stuck, regardless of _whether sex workers were or weren’t involved.__
Accordingly,the British author William Shakespeare(referred fondly as Mr.Shakes) indirectly referred about such STI mentioning “Poison fills him; well” meaning infected individual dying due to spreading infections caused within body parts(ouch!)
What If Treatment Fails?
If an individual experiences prolonged pain even after undergoing all prescribed antibiotics,test again either through urologists/gynecologists.HIV clinics too provide tests but only recommend so after identifying HIV positive issues.Ideally going ahead,would recommend getting oneself tested mono/dual existing STIs other than one having suspected.
In some peculiar cases,re-infection can also occur if no change made in current lifestyle/sexual activities.Eventually,it’s best practice utilizing protective methods whenever possible,rather than treatment hassles in future.Also helpful?Be open & honest about your health status before indulging in any sexual activity.Outta sight not always means outta mind..
To sum up,enjoying life,to fullest yet responible/guarded enough helps avoid unwanted headaces incuding nasty gonorrhoea infections.That been said,not to scare y’all off but…while fun..SAFETY IS SEXY!!