How common is gonorrhea in men?
Gonorrhea is one of the more common STIs. As with many other STIs, men have a slightly lower risk of catching it when having sex with an infected partner. While women have a 50% risk of catching the infection from an infected partner, the risk for men lies at 20%.
Nevertheless, the infection is very common and in 2013 alone, over 29000 people tested positive for gonorrhea in the UK.
Can male gonorrhea have long time effects?
When a gonorrhea infection remains untreated for a long time, it can cause an inflammation in your genital tract, which is called epididymitis. In the long term, this can lead to scarring and your sperm ducts can become blocked - which makes it difficult for sperm to flow to your penis. As a result, you may become less fertile or infertile. How commonly gonorrhea causes infertility in men is not known.
Gonorrhea in men - How to protect yourself
1. Use a condom every time you have sex.
Condoms offer excellent protection from most STIs. You should use one every time you have sex to avoid getting gonorrhea.
2. Get tested - whether you have symptoms or not.
If you have had unprotected sex you should get tested for STIs on a regular basis (at least every six months. This way, you will get treated for gonorrhea and other STIs early on and you can avoid complications.
3. Don’t delay your treatment.
If you or your partner have been diagnosed, you should get treated without delay. It is also important that you don’t have unprotected sex within 7 days of your treatment, as you could still be contagious.