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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Did you know that medication will stop the gonorrhea infection, it will not repair any permanent damage done by the disease?

Did you you know that Gonorrhea is a 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?

Did you you know that Gonorrhea is sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus?

Did you know that Gonorrhea is a very common infectious disease that infects  more than 700,000 persons in the U.S.? 

Did you know that ejaculation does not have to occur for gonorrhea to be transmitted or acquired?

Did you know that Gonorrhea can also be spread from mother to baby during delivery?
Did you know that even if you have had gonorrhea and received treatment you cab get infected again if sexual contact with a person infected with gonorrhea?

Did you know that in the United States, the highest reported rates of infection are among sexually active teenagers, young adults, and African Americans?

Did you know that some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all?

Did you know that some men have signs or symptoms that appear one to fourteen days after infection?

Did you know that symptoms and signs include a burning sensation when urinating, or a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis?

Did you know that sometimes men with gonorrhea get painful or swollen testicles?
Did you know that in women, the symptoms of gonorrhea are often mild, but most women who are infected have no symptoms?

Did you know that even when a woman has symptoms, they can be so non-specific as to be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection?

Did you know that the initial symptoms of gonorrhea and signs in women include a painful or burning sensation when urinating, increased vaginal discharge, or vaginal bleeding between periods?

Did you know that Women with gonorrhea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, regardless of the presence or severity of symptoms?
Did you know that symptoms of rectal infection in both men and women may include discharge, anal itching, soreness, bleeding, or painful bowel movements?

Did you know that untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems in both women and men?
Photo of woman in pain.Did you know that in women, gonorrhea is a common cause of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)?

Did you know that about 750,000 women each year in the United States develop PID?

Did you know that the symptoms of PID may be quite mild or can be very severe and can include abdominal pain and fever?

 Did you know that PID can damage the fallopian tubes enough to cause infertility or increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy?

Did you know that Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube?
Did you know that in men, gonorrhea can cause epididymitis, a painful condition of the ducts attached to the testicles that may lead to infertility if left untreated?
Did you know that Gonorrhea can be a life threatening condition?

Did you know that people with gonorrhea can more easily contract HIV, the virus that causes AIDS?

Did you know that if a pregnant woman has gonorrhea, she may give the infection to her baby as the baby passes through the birth canal during delivery which can cause blindness, joint infection, or a life-threatening blood infection in the baby?

Did you know that Antibiotics can successfully cure gonorrhea in adolescents and adults?

 Did you know that there are drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea that are increasing in many areas of the world, including the United States?

Did you know that successful treatment of gonorrhea is becoming more difficult?

Did you know that the CDC now recommends dual therapy (i.e. using two drugs) for the treatment of gonorrhea?

Did you know that persons with gonorrhea should be tested for other STDs?
Did you know that it is important to take all of the medication prescribed to cure gonorrhea?

Did you know that medication will stop the gonorrhea infection, it will not repair any permanent damage done by the disease?

Did you know that if a person’s symptoms continue even after receiving treatment, he or she should return to a doctor to be reevaluated?

Did you know that the surest way to avoid transmission of STDs is to abstain from sexual intercourse, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected?

Did you know that Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of gonorrhea?

Did you know that if any genital symptoms such as discharge or burning during urination or unusual sore or rash should be a signal to stop having sex and to see a doctor immediately?

Did you know that if a person has been diagnosed and treated for gonorrhea, he or she should notify all recent sex partners so they can see a health care provider and be treated?

Did you know that bi informing previous partners it will reduce the risk of serious complications from gonorrhea and will also reduce the person’s risk of becoming re-infected?

Did you know that the person and all of his or her sex partners must avoid sex until they have completed their treatment for gonorrhea and until they and their sex partners no longer have symptoms?

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