Protection from Gonorrhea Transmission
Many cases of gonorrhea transmission go undetected because gonorrhea does not always show signs and symptoms.
From the time of exposure, gonorrhea can start manifesting symptoms after 3-5 days but it can stay silent or dormant for as long as 30 days. In men, gonorrhea may not show signs and symptoms for up to 14 days.
To lower the chances of infection, it is advisable to use dental dams during oral sex and condoms during penetrative sex. However, these do not result in complete protection.
Once diagnosed with gonorrhea, experts advise not having sex until gonorrhea is treated. It takes about 7 days for the antibiotics to set in and an estimated another 7 days before the body is completely free of gonorrhea.
There are cases, however, when the bacteria has developed an immunity towards the antibiotics. It is important not to have sexual contact several days after finishing the medication. Consult your doctor for further treatment if symptoms persist.
Make sure to get retested for gonorrhea first before engaging in sexual activities again.
Pregnant women should also be tested for STDs before childbirth. This is to avoid passing on to the child any STD that has remained dormant.
Reinfection due to gonorrhea transmission
No one develops immunity to gonorrhea. You can easily get infected again with the disease. According to a study, having a history of gonorrhea infection increases your chances of getting infected again.
To protect yourself against gonorrhea, practice safe sex, including using condoms. It is also recommended to get a full-panel STD test at least once a year to significantly lower your risk of transmitting the infection, or developing complications.
Gonorrheal transmission usually occurs through vaginal, anal and oral sex. Gonorrhea may also be passed on by infected mothers to their newborn babies during childbirth. Gonorrhea can have mild to no symptoms at all especially in its early stages so gonorrhea transmission is very high. While people cannot become immune to gonorrhea, they can prevent themselves from infection by practicing safe sex.
Learn more about gonorrhea here.