Do you know that gonorrhea is one of the three most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States? Yet, it is also among those infections that can go unnoticed for a long time while its causative bacterium does damage.
You will find in this article useful information about the infection. Find out what causes it, its symptoms, how to treat it, and what could happen if it goes untreated.
What is Gonorrhea?
Also referred to as gonococcal infection. Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by Neisseria gonorrhea. Its causal bacterium typically infects the genitals, rectum, and/or mouth.
In colloquial terms, it is also called “the clap”. This name is said to be a reference to a red-light district, Les Clapiers, in medieval Paris. The disease was believed to be more prevalent among prostitutes and homosexuals at the time.
A significant number of those who have the infection do not know. This increases the risk of its spread as well as complications.
How Does One Get Infected?
Being an STI, you are likely to get this infection when you engage in sexual activity with an infected person without protection.
The most common means of spreading is through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The probability of getting an infection increases dramatically when people fail to use a condom or dental dam.