A smart man is always very careful about his sexual activity. He knows how to have fun and let loose, but he also knows how to carefully screen and choose partners. He definitely knows to use a condom each and every time. Now there is new research that reveals just how important condom use can be for good penis care – especially where gonorrhea is involved. Here’s what every man needs to know about this ever-evolving penis health issue.
What is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that affects both men and women. The infection can take hold in the rectum, throat or most commonly, the genitals. It is one of the most common sexual infections among those aged 15-24, though it can be contracted by anyone who is sexually active. The CDC reports that about 820,000 people contract gonorrhea each year, but even more frightening is the fact that less than half of those are actually diagnosed.
Some men have no symptoms at all of gonorrhea. Others, however might experience a burning sensation when urinating, a discharge from the penis (this might be white, yellow or green), and swollen or painful testicles. Less common signs include anal itching, soreness, painful bowel movements, and bleeding from the rectum or penis.
These signs should send a man to the doctor immediately. However, keep in mind that the ‘silent’ nature of the disease in some people necessitates regular STD testing for anyone who is sexually active.
The latest news on gonorrhea
Gonorrhea can be treated and usually cured with the proper medications. However, recent studies have shown an alarming trend: Antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea are becoming much more common. While the common treatment included a dose of two different antibiotics, studies show that the efficacy and usefulness of those treatments is steadily falling. Scientists expect that soon over 800,000 people in the United States alone might be inflicted with untreatable gonorrhea.
While new medications are being tested that might fight against these new strains of gonorrhea, nothing is on the market yet. That means that those who do get gonorrhea – especially those who contract it multiple times – might face the risk of carrying gonorrhea much longer than they would have in the past. Since long-term gonorrhea infections can do great damage to sexual and penis health, including reducing fertility, this could have terrible implications for those who suffer from the untreatable strains.
Ensuring the best penis health
Proper penis health requires a day-to-day effort. One of the most important components of good penis health, as well as good overall health, is to do whatever possible to avoid contracting a sexually transmitted disease. This means being very careful when having sex with a new partner, including using condoms each and every time.
Other ways to lower the risk of gonorrhea among those who are sexually active is ensuring that all partners in a relationship are tested for sexually transmitted diseases, and entering into relationships in which both partners agree to be monogamous. At the first sign of discharge, itching, a burning sensation when urinating, or other potential signs of a problem, men (and women!) should always visit the doctor for a full workup.