Do you feel that?
That little painful sensation while urinating?
You’re not sure what it is, but what if it is gonorrhoea, also spelt gonorrhea otherwise called The Drip or The Clap? You clutch your manhood while feeling excruciating pain, or better still, you have no painful urination, just vaginal discharge coupled with lower abdominal pain,:
What will you do?
You are a young person and the idea of going to the hospital to seek treatment is fearful.
You go straight to the internet.
You feel the world crushing right in front of YOU. You think of what to do. You just have to be free, even if it is just only the symptoms; your body is in desperate need of the calmness of yesteryears.
But you’re afraid.
You’re afraid of crying of pain and embarassing yourself in front of your peers.
You’re afraid of the concerned, disapproving looks your parents and friends will give you when you tell them you have a sexually transmitted disease. You’re afraid of not having enough money to do the proper clinical investigations, and treatment afterall health care is not cheap especially in an African country like Nigeria
And most of all?
- What is Gonorrhoea
- Symptoms of Gonorrhoea
- Test for Gonorrhoea in Nigeria
- Who Should Get Tested
- Where to get Tested
- Complications of Gonorrhoea
- Treatment and Conclusion
What is Gonorrhoea
Gonorrhoea otherwise called the Clap is a Sexually Transmitted Disease caused by a bacteria known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae, that grows and multiplies in warm moist areas of the reproductive tract, this include the urine canal called the urethra, the cervix, uterus and fallopian tube found in females. Gonorrhea is the most prevalent STD in Nigeria according to the World Health Organization. In fact, Nigeria has the highest rate of gonorrhoea in the world.
Why is Gonorrhoea called the Clap?
There are 2 possible theories why gonorrhoea is called the Clap
1. From the word “Clapier” which is an old french word for Brothel
2. A painful means of removing the Urethral discharge in which the Penis is Clapped against a hard surface like a table. This was an attempt at treatment
What Causes Gonorrhoea
Gonorrhoea is caused by a gram negative intracellular diplococci bacterium known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae
How Do You Get Gonorrhea
You can get gonorrhoea if you practice unsafe sexual practices by having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sexual intercourse.
It is possible to contract gonorrhoea by close sexual contact between the genitals even if there is no penetration involved but contact between the genitals
If the semen or vaginal fluid comes in contact with the eyes, the eyes might become infected with gonorrhoea. Though this is rare.
Pregnant mothers can infect their babies at birth.
Gonorrhoea is not transmitted by kissing or hugging.
You can also get it by sharing sex toys or vibrators that have not been properly washed or covered with a condom
How Can You Prevent Gonorrhea
By making proper use of condom during anal or vagina sex.
By making use of dental dam during oral sex
Properly washing sex toys or covering it with condom
One of the best ways to protect yourself is by hvaing regular STI Test together with your partner
Avoid Multiple sexual partners
Symptoms of Gonorrhoea
Symptoms of gonorrhea usually occur between 2 to 14 days after exposure. many people do not have symptoms and are called non-symptomatic carriers but we should remember that non-symptomatic carriers also spread the disease
Symptoms of Gonorrhoea in Men
Urethral Discharge in a Gonorrhoea patient
Some men may be non-symptomatic but majority develop symptoms like;
- Burning Sensation when urinating
- Pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis
- Persistent sore throat
- Itchy Anus
- Rectal bleeding
Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Women
Majority of infected women are non-symptomatic; however, if symptoms are present, they commonly include;
- Pain during sexual intercouse
- Bleeding after sexual intercourse
- Pus-like discahrge from the cervix and vagina
- Sharp pain in the lower part of the abdomen
- Sore throat
- Painful Urination
Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Babies
Babies are infected with gonorrhea through their mothers and they typically present with
- Redness of the eyes
- Eye pain
- Eye discharge
Test for Gonorrhoea in Nigeria
Gonorrhoea is diagnosed in Nigeria by swabbing the infected sites or a urine sample is collected. The organism is then identified after being cultured from the swab or urine sample. If there is a possibility that the rectum, eyes or throat are infected, samples are collected from those sites and subsequantly tested for the offending organism. A swab looks like cotton bud but it is smaller and rounded. Collection of sample using swab is not painful but a little discomforting.
Diagnosis in men
Most times, men are asked for urine samples but sometimes, swabs are taken from the infected sites and the organism cultured. It is important not to urinate for at least 2hrs before providing the urine sample. This is due to the fact that the organism might have been washed away and hence, a false result might be gotten.
Diagnosis in women
Urine samples are rarely used in woman because it is less accurate instead samples are collected from the Vagina or cervix (gateway to the womb) or urethra (where urine comes out)
Who Should Get Tested
The NHS recommed that you should get tested when;
- You or your partner have developed symptoms suggestive of gonorrheoa
- You just had an unprotected sexual intercourse with a new partner
- Where you and your partner are not 100percent faithful to each other
- When there are symptoms suggestive of other sexually transmitted diseases
- When you are planning to get pregnant or already pregnant
Where to get Tested
There are many places you can get tested for gonorrhoea in Nigeria
- Government Hospitals
- Private clinics
- Specialized clinics called Youth Friendly Centres
- Gonorrhoea can be tested online in Nigeria through Privitest
- Privitest.com also offers gonorrhoea self testing kit in nigeria
Complications of Gonorrhoea
Gonorrhoea is one of the commonest STD’s in Nigeria and can be treated with antibiotics. If properly treated and on time, there is rarely any complication. But if left untreated, some serious long term complications might develop.
Complications in Women
In women, untreated gonorrhoea can result in Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, is an infection of the female reproductive tract. This include the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Pelvic Inflammatory disease may lead to chronic pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy, infertility. During pregnacy, untreated gonorrhoea can lead to miscarriage premature labour and if the baby is not properly treated, it may lead to blindness
Complications in Men
In men, untreated gonorrhoea may cause painful infection of the testes and may progress to infertility
Treatment and Conclusion
But you know what,
Too many people literally spend their time thinking about the gonorrhoea symptoms they have.
Let’s face it…
Gonorrhoea is 100% curable and you can start having sex after 7days of finishing all your medication.
This is to prevent you from getting reinfected or infecting your partner. Heck, even after taking your medication completely and you still have sex with an infected partner, you will get reinfected.
You cant develop immunity against gonorrhoea from taking the right antibiotics but by abstaining from sex or making proper use of condom.
Phew, you stayed till the end, Congratulations.
What if I told you that you can anonymously get tested for gonorrhoea in Nigeria or better still buy a gonorrhoea self test kit in Nigeria.
At Privitest.com, you can get tested for different STD’s anonymously.
- You choose your test package,
- You Choose a Laboratory/Hospital closest to you ( We have thousands of laboratories and hospitals)
- You pay online, get an order ID
- Go to the chosen centre and show them your order ID
- There is no need interacting with anyone or telling them which medical test brought you there
- Samples are collected from you e.g. Blood, Urine
- You go home
- Your result will be uploaded into your Privitest account
- You only need a phone number to create an account. No email or name is require.
Or you can order for our STD self test kit package.