STI Series – 2. Gonorrhea

Did you know that Gonorrhea rates have tripled over the past decade?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection passed between people through unprotected sexual contact. You can infect others right after contact with gonorrhea and can spread it to others without knowing it. You can get gonorrhea in the rectum, penis, cervix/vagina, throat and even in the eye.

Symptoms can vary depending on location but include:

The best way to find out if you have gonorrhea is to get tested. Call the PCN @ 780-639-0011 to book an appointment for screening.

If not treated, gonorrhea can cause serious long-term effects to fertility, and can cause pelvic inflammatory disease. It can also cause pain and swelling in the testicles and cause urinary tract problems. In pregnancy, gonorrhea can cause premature labour and cause serious eye and lung infections in the baby. All pregnant individuals should get STI screening through routine prenatal care.

Gonorrhea is easily treated with antibiotics

All partners need to be tested and treated even if they have no symptoms. You can easily get re-infected if you have unprotected sex with someone before he/she/they have finished their treatment. It is advised to avoid any forms of sexual contact for 7 days after ALL partners have finished treatment. This is the best way to prevent spread and re-infection.

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