One of the most common STIs in the United States is gonorrhea. In many cases, gonorrhea has no symptoms. According to Mayo Clinic, In men, gonorrhea can cause:

  • Painful urination
  • Pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis
  • Pain or swelling in one testicle

In women, gonorrhea causes:

  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Painful urination
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods, such as after vaginal intercourse
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain

Additionally, you can contract a gonorrhea infection in your rectum, eyes, throat, and joints.

Gonorrhea is typically treated with antibiotics. However, there is a new strain of gonorrhea that has made its way through the United Kingdom that is resistant to antibiotics. Doctors are calling it “super gonorrhea” because it is resistant to ceftriaxone, which is the main drug used to treat the infection in the UK. These doctors are urging everyone to stay on top of their sexual health to avoid contracting this infection.

The best way to prevent STIs is by using safe sex practices: use a condom during foreplay and intercourse, know your partner’s sexual history and current STI status, and avoid drugs and alcohol during intercourse. Finally, it’s important to regularly get tested for STIs, even if you’re asymptomatic. This is because many STIs (like gonorrhea) have no symptoms but the infection can cause substantial damage to your organs.

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

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