Gonorrhoea: Do You Really Know About This Deadly Disease?

Posted On May 29, 2020


by Privitest


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.

a lady afraid due to gonorrhea std

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?

You’re afraid you’re wrong about it being Gonorrhoea, it might just be HIV or all other incurable STIs, but the thought of becoming infertile when not properly treated rarely do cross your mind.

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

urethral discahrge due to gonorrhoea

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

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.

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  • You pay online, get an order ID
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  • 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
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