What is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. While anyone (men or women) can become infected with gonorrhea, it’s widespread among young people, ages 15 to 24. Thankfully, gonorrhea is treatable but may not present any symptoms, and someone may not even know that they have it. Here’s what you need to know.
How is Gonorrhea Treated?
Even though gonorrhea is highly treatable, it will not go away without medication. Gonorrhea cannot be cured without medication. Someone who has gonorrhea will be prescribed antibiotic medication. It’s vital for the person infected and their sexual partners to finish all medications as prescribed before having sex to avoid contracting gonorrhea again or spreading it to sexual partners.
What Happens if Gonorrhea Goes Untreated?
Since gonorrhea often goes undetected without screening, it’s critical to keep up with regular checkups if you are sexually active. If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women, which can lead to the following complications:
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Chronic pelvic and abdominal pain
- Scar tissue that blocks the fallopian tubes
Typically, gonorrhea does not present symptoms, but the following are some warning signs that you could have this STD:
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Painful or burning sensation while urinating
- Urinating more frequently
- Heavier periods than usual or spotting
- Sore throat
- Pain during intercourse
- Lower abdominal pain
Your Legal Options After Contracting an STD
If you contracted an STD like gonorrhea from a sexual partner who did not reveal their STD status, you may have grounds to pursue an STD lawsuit. Learning you have an STD is a stressful and scary situation. Filing an STD lawsuit can help you recover the compensation you need for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Calling out a sexual partner who gave you an STD is not easy when privacy is a concern. Our caring lawyers understand your worries and are here to protect your rights and give you support through a difficult time.
Contact KMD Law at (833) 456-3529 to schedule a consultation.