Healthcare professionals and organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization are calling Gonorrhea the new “super bug”. This simply means that this common STD is getting a lot more difficult to treat with antibiotics. The medical community is researching new ways to fight this growing concern, but there are also things you can do to protect yourself.
1. Get tested
Many people who are infected do not show any signs of the disease. By the time they are aware that “something” is wrong , the bacteria has caused serious health issues like pelvic inflammatory disease, pregnancy complications and even infertility.
2. Talk with your partner
Before engaging in any sexual activity, make sure that you and your partner have talked about sexual history and getting tested. Doing so not only protects your health, but builds trust and communication in the relationship.
3. Use condoms
Use latex condoms to protect yourself every time you have sex. Condoms are still the only form of protection which prevent the spread of Gonorrhea.
4. Talk with a healthcare professional
If you think that you may have been exposed to Gonorrhea, visit a testing clinic to discuss your concerns with a healthcare professional. The key is to get tested and treated as soon as possible before the gonorrhea bacteria gets worse.