Gonorrhea in Males
Alternate Names : Gonococcal Urethritis
What can be done to prevent the infection?
Many cases of gonorrhea can be prevented by following safer sex guidelines. Prompt treatment of the infected person and any sexual partners will prevent further spread.
What are the long-term effects of the infection?
Gonorrhea can cause serious long-term effects if it is not treated effectively. These effects include the following:
congestive heart failure, a condition in which a weakened heart cannot pump blood effectively
death from overwhelming sepsis or bloodstream infection
endocarditis, which is an infection involving the heart
meningitis, or infection of the brain and spinal cord
septic arthritis, with infection of one or more joints
visual impairment, including blindness
What are the risks to others?
Gonorrhea is very contagious. It is spread from person to person during sexual contact.