Jane Bogart talks about the top myths and facts about gonorrhea, which is also known as the Clap.
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Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection and therefore it is completely curable. One of the biggest myths around gonorrhea is you would know if you had it, but gonorrhea is often asymptomatic which means it has no symptoms. So, you might not know that you have it. Gonorrhea tends to be more symptomatic actually in women than in men. So, women might know they have it because they might have a discharge or a burning upon urination. Men when they have symptoms will also have the same type of symptoms. A discharge or burning upon urination. And the only way to know that you have it is to get tested. It is completely curable with antibiotics. A really important fact about gonorrhea is in order to get rid of it both partners need to be treated at the same time and they both need to take their full course of antibiotic in order to rid the body of the infection. If not, it can keep passing it back and forth or pass it to other partners. Another myth about gonorrhea is that it doesn't really exist anymore. And that's just not true. In certain populations especially young people it's very much on the rise again. And gonorrhea and chlamydia are often are co-infections. So, if someone has chlamydia they will often be infected with gonorrhea, as well. One very important thing to note is that although gonorrhea and chlamydia are completely curable with antibiotics if left undiagnosed and untreated they can lead to infertility in both men and women. So, it's really important to follow a medical provider information and follow the prescription that you're given if you are diagnosed with gonorrhea.
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