Male Symptoms of Gonorrhea


Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection that has highly variable symptoms in men. About one in ten men infected with gonorrhea do not exhibit any signs of infection at all. The is not true for the remainder of men who have been infected.

The bacterium typically has an incubation period of up to four weeks—meaning it can take that long to know whether or not you have caught the infection. Plenty of time for someone with an active sex life to pass it around unknowingly.

After abstinence, the best way to prevent infection with gonorrhea is to practice safe sex through the use of barrier contraceptives.

Where the symptoms appear will depend upon where infection occurred. Since this is chiefly a sexually transmitted infection, one has to look at the parts of the male body most likely to show signs of infection. Therefore, when discussing male symptoms of gonorrhea, they are discussed in terms of the most frequently infected sites:

-- Gonorrhea infection of the Penis
-- Gonorrhea infection of the Mouth
-- Gonorrhea infection of the Rectum

It should be noted that gonorrhea can also develop elsewhere, such as in the eye.

Gonorrhea infection of the Penis

As might be expected, a gonorrhea infection of the penis occurs when through sexual contact penis comes into contact with the

• Penile discomfort
• Penile discharge (thick white, yellow or green in color)
• A burning sensation during urination

Untreated gonorrhea infection of the penis can cause serious health problems for men, including the ability of the infection to spread to the glands located around the urethra, prostate, seminal vesicles, testes and bladder. As a consequence, a man can experience abscesses in the urethra, testicles swollen to the point of great pain, and problems urinating.

Gonorrhea infection of the Mouth

A gonorrhea infection of the mouth usually occurs as a result of performing oral sex. It has only one known symptom, which often goes either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed:

• Throat inflammation

Gonorrhea infection of the Rectum

A gonorrhea infection of the rectum is generally passed through anal sex. This highly infectious health problem is expressed in symptoms similar to the following:

• Itching around the anus
• Soreness around the anus
• Unusual discharge from the anus
• Pain during defecating

Gonorrhea as a Public Health Issue

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that as many as 700,000 people are newly infected with this bacterium each year. Fortunately, that number is dropping. If you suspect you may have caught the infection, it is recommended you see a doctor and undergo the proper tests to determine whether or not you are infected. If so, treatments are available to cure the infection. It is also important to inform your sexual partner or partners of your infection.


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