Gonorrhea is – together with chlamydia – one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. The gonococcal bacteria can be easily transmitted and usually affect the mucous membranes of the throat, rectum or urethra.
Gonococci can be transmitted during almost all sex practices that involve direct contact of (infected) mucous membranes.
Gonorrhea is easily transmitted. The bacteria can be passed not only during fucking, but also during sucking, licking, rimming, fisting, mutual jerking, and intense kissing. Outside the human mucosa, however, the bacteria die quickly (which is why transmission via toilet seats, for example, is not possible).
Often gonorrhea causes no or vague symptoms. As a result, the infection is often diagnosed and treated late. In some cases, an untreated infection leads to infertility.
After about three days, itching, burning and pus may appear.
Discharge from the tail (yellow, milky and usually foul-smelling), also called “bonjour drops”.
Painful inflammation of the prostate or epididymis possible.
In the vas deferens, scarring adhesions can lead to inability to conceive.
Although gonorrhea can heal on its own, it can also become chronic. The pathogens can then continue to be transmitted to others and spread throughout the body.
The pathogens in gonorrhea in the throat usually disappear by themselves after some time.
Gonorrhea can be diagnosed with a swab or urine sample and is easily cured with antibiotics.
Testing can be done at urology or skin and sexually transmitted disease doctors*. In many centers for sexual health, AIDS help centers or testing projects such as Checkpoints, the tests and consultations are often offered anonymously and at low cost.
Further information is available from the Deutsche Aidshilfe here.