Q: What type of bacteria causes gonorrhea?
A: Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The strain was discovered by German physician Albert Ludwig Sigesmund Neisser in 1879.1
Q: How do you know if you have gonorrhea?
A: Gonorrhea produces easily identifiable symptoms in both men and women. The most common is the presence of a thick discharge from the sex organs. Painful urination, abdominal pain and increased urination frequency may indicate gonorrhea as well.
The bacteria can spread to other places, such as the rectum, eyes and throat. Again, you may find discharge in these places, along with pain and itching. In rare cases, gonorrhea can enter your bloodstream and infect your joints, causing them to become red, swollen and painful.2
Q: How is gonorrhea diagnosed?
A: Recent developments in technology have allowed doctors to easily diagnose gonorrhea. The most commonly used method is the Nucleic-Acid Amplification Test (NAAT).
NAAT works by making repeated reactions of RNA or DNA taken from samples. Each reaction becomes stronger than the last one, making it easy for doctors to identify the disease responsible for your symptoms. NAAT is used not only for gonorrhea, but in identifying other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as well.3
Q: Can you get gonorrhea from a toilet seat?
A: Toilet seats are often considered one of the dirtiest items in your home, but your keyboard is actually five times dirtier.4 That being said, you can’t get gonorrhea from toilet seats because the bacteria can’t survive in the open. They need human cells for fuel, or they will die.5
Q: Can you die from gonorrhea?
A: There are currently no reported incidents of patients dying from gonorrhea. However, the disease is known to cause serious complications if left untreated, which may be fatal in the long run. In women, known complications include pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and premature labor. Men are known to develop prostatitis and epididymis.6
Q: What is the treatment for gonorrhea?
A: Conventional treatment for gonorrhea involves the use of antibiotics. However, this method is becoming less effective each day because the bacteria are becoming resistant to the medication.7 For an alternative treatment, try using home remedies first to help treat your infection.
Q: What does gonorrhea discharge look like?
A: Gonorrhea discharge that comes out of the penis or vagina is usually thick and yellowish.8 In other cases, it may be thin and watery.9
Q: What does gonorrhea smell like?
A: The discharge usually produces a foul-smelling odor, especially in infected women.10
Q: Does gonorrhea go away on its own?
A: It’s possible for gonorrhea to go away on its own, but that is highly unlikely. Once symptoms appear, they need to be treated right away because not only are they uncomfortable, but they can lead to serious health problems as well.11