There is currently a rise in the number of gonorrhea cases being seen in Niagara. In the last two years, the number of gonorrhea infections in Niagara has increased by 90%.
The majority of these cases have been found in men and women between the ages of 15-29.
Gonorrhea (also known as "the clap") is a serious bacterial sexually transmitted infection. It is spread through unprotected oral, vaginal and anal sex with an infected person.
Using latex condoms and dental dams for all sexual acts can reduce the spread of Gonorrhea.
Make sure a condom or dental dam is being used correctly before there is any contact between bodies. Take this quick quiz to see if you are at risk.
Symptoms usually start within 2-7 days, but may take up to 30 days. Up to half of women will have no symptoms at all, while most men may only have mild symptoms. Some symptoms you may have:
|Discharge from the penis||Yellowish/white discharge from the vagina|
|Burning when you pee||Burning when you pee|
|Sore/swollen testicles||Vaginal pain/bleeding|
|Rectal discharge, itching or bleeding||Rectal discharge, itching or bleeding|
If you do not have symptoms, testing can be a simple urine test. If you do have symptoms, a quick swab is taken.
Testing can be done at your family doctor, walk-in clinic or the Sexual Health Centres.
Gonorrhea can be cured by antibiotics and they are free from the Public Health Department. You must not have sex for 7 days after you have been treated.
If Gonorrhea is left untreated it can cause infertility in women and sterility and problems peeing for men.