Gonorrhea or "the clap"

Gonorrhea (also known as "the clap") is a common STI among gay and bisexual men. Gonorrhea bacteria can cause infections in the urethra, anus and/or throat. By getting treated in time with antibiotics you can prevent yourself from developing severe health problems.

Symptoms of gonorrhea

Anywhere from a few days to two weeks after you have been infected with gonorrhea, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • yellow or green pus from your penis
  • a burning sensation or irritation when peeing
  • a sore throat
  • itchiness or irritation in your anus
  • pus-like discharge from your anus
  • blood with your shit

These symptoms do not appear with every infection. That means that you might not always notice an infection with gonorrhea.

Treatment of gonorrhea

The treatment consists of an injection with antibiotics. If you are not treated with antibiotics, the symptoms usually disappear after a couple of weeks, but the bacteria will not have disappeared from your body. You can get very serious health problems later, including an extremely painful infection of the tubes attached to your testicles (epididymides). 

After having been treated, you will not be immune to gonorrhea. That means that you could still be reinfected with it. Because gonorrhea is so contagious, it is important that your current sex partners get treated at the same time as you. That way you can avoid transmitting it back and forth to each other.

Transmission of gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a highly contagious STI. You can get gonorrhea through fucking and getting fucked, through giving and getting blow jobs, through "dry fucking" (rubbing a penis along the outside of an anus), or by rubbing two or more penises together. Gonorrhea can also be transmitted between you and your sex partner via fingers. 

Condoms are the best way to reduce the risk of infection with gonorrhea.

Testing for gonorrhea

By getting tested for gonorrhea you can find out whether or not you have it, and if you do, you can quickly be treated to prevent further problems for yourself and your sex partners. The test for gonorrhea consists of a urine analysis and swabs taken from your anus and/or throat. A swab will often be taken from your urethra as well.

If you have symptoms that could point to gonorrhea, get yourself tested as soon as possible. If it turns out that you do have gonorrhea, notify your sex partners about that. That way, they can also get tested and receive treatment. The GGD can help you do that anonymously.

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