What are Gonorrhea and Chlamydia?
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are 2 common bacterial STIs. Bacterial STIs can easily be treated with antibiotics once someone has been diagnosed.
What are the symptoms?
Sometimes people experience symptoms like burning when they pee, itching in the genital area, and yellowish discharge from the genitals. Often though there are no symptoms, but left untreated can cause problems like infertility. Getting tested is the only way to be sure of your status, get treated, and prevent transmission and future complications.
How are they transmitted?
Both of these STIs are carried in semen and vaginal fluids, and are transmitted when one of those infected fluids comes into contact with another person’s mucous membranes (vaginas, anus, penis tip, mouth, eyes). You can reduce your risk by using a latex barrier like a dental dam or condom for penetrative or oral sex, and not sharing sex toys unless you change condoms between partners.
Is there a vaccine?
There is no vaccine for Gonorrhea or Chlamydia, but they are easily treatable with antibiotics if caught in the early stages.