Fast Five Quiz: Are You Familiar With These Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


April 09, 2020

In men, the major genitourinary symptoms of gonorrhea include the following:

  • Urethritis: The major manifestation of gonococcal infection in men; initial characteristics include burning upon urination and a serous discharge; a few days later, the discharge usually becomes more profuse, purulent, and at times tinged with blood

  • Acute epididymitis: Usually unilateral, and often occurs in conjunction with a urethral exudate

  • Urethral strictures: Have become uncommon in the antibiotic era, but they can present with a decreased and abnormal urine stream, as well as with the secondary complications of prostatitis and cystitis

  • Rectal infection: May present with pain, pruritus, discharge, or tenesmus

Data suggest that men may not always be aware of STD symptoms and may delay seeking health services. Interventions that promote better recognition of symptoms and that facilitate timely access to care may help to reduce transmission of STDs.

For more on gonorrhea, read here.


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