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Can gonorrhea be dormant in the female body for more than 2 years? Tested positive when boyfriend was negative.

Can gonorrhea be dormant in the female body for more than 2 years? Tested positive when boyfriend was negative.

Yes indeed: This is commonplace. Ask your phyisican whether you should both be treated. And congratulations on your courage in bringing this personal matter to healthtap. You're doing the right thing and we wish you both the best. ...Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Gonorrhea (Definition)

A sexually transmitted bacterial infection that, if ...Read more


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Can Gonorrhea Be Dormant For A Couple Of Years Then Become Active To Spread? Also Can Someone Get It From A Toilet Seat If Body Fluids Is On The Seat?

Can Gonorrhea Be Dormant For A Couple Of Years Then Become Active To Spread? Also Can Someone Get It From A Toilet Seat If Body Fluids Is On The Seat?

No not possible: It is almost impossible to contact Gonorrhea from Toilet seat.
And no Gonorrhea can not lay dormant for couple of years and then become active ...Read more

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How long can gonorrhea lay dormant in women?

Gonorrhea: If treated it should not lay dormant. Once you treated correctly, it is gone unless you are again exposed. ...Read more

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Is it possible for gonorrhea to lay dormant in the body? If so, for how long?

Not too long: Gonorrhea grows in warm moist places of the body such as the mucous membranes, especially the reproductive tract and the urethra and less commonly the eyes and throat. Typically symptoms start 2 to 5 days after infection but sometimes symptoms take longer to appear. In some cases after infection, symptoms only appear after 30 days. ...Read more

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Can gonorrhea be dormant?

"Subclinical": Either you have an infection or you don't - really the term you are seeking is "subclinical"; not everyone who has an infection will develop the "burning"/discharge/"drip"/.....

If you are certain that you were exposed, you should probably be treated anyway..... ...Read more

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Can a person be born with gonorrhea and have it for years without knowing?

Can a person be born with gonorrhea and have it for years without knowing?

Unlikely but: Possible. Newborn exposed to gonorrhea have a purulent eye infection within 48 hours of birth. In the United States, prophylaxis is offered in the form or erythromycin eye ointment at the time of birth ...Read more

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Can Chlamydia or Gonorrhea go unnoticed for 2 years?

Can Chlamydia or Gonorrhea go unnoticed for 2 years?

Yes, but. ..: Yes, it may, and not uncommon after initial symptoms but not often with no initial flare. Nonetheless, seek counseling and testing if in doubt. In reality, you may do nothing as long as being asymptomatic or not in the category of high risk like multiple partners, promiscuity, anal..., etc. ...Read more

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Can gonorrhea live in my body for years w out showing symptoms or will I feel something?

Yes and no: Once appropriately treated, is gone......But you can get it again
left untreated can lead to severe infection of the uterus and fallopian tubes, condition called pid that can lead to infertility
a simple urine test can detect gonorrhea nowadays. ...Read more

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What are the chances of being infertile if you have had undiagnosed gonorrhea for two years?

What are the chances of being infertile if you have had undiagnosed gonorrhea for two years?

Depends: Depends on the inflammation process. How far did it go. Where your fallopian tubes affected. Talk to your gynecologist or urologist. ...Read more

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What will happen if giardiasis and gonorrhea are left untreated on fertility of a man? I am 26 years old man

What will happen if giardiasis and gonorrhea are left untreated on fertility of a man? I am 26 years old man

Gonorrhea: Untreated gonorrhea in men can cause epididymitis - an infection in ducts attached to testicles where sperm mature. This can cause shrinking of the infected testicle, abscesses, and infected sores in the surrounding scrotum area and can ultimately lead to infertility. Am unaware of any infertility issues related to giardia infection in men. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can happen if you have gonorrhea and it is left untreated for a period of time (1-2 years)?

Untreated GC: Untreated gonorrhea: a woman could develop pelvic inflammatory disease which may cause fever, pain, infertility ; ^ chances for ectopic pregnancy. A male could develop epididymitis ; more rarely – infertility. It can spread to to both blood ; joints. It can even lead to death. ...Read more

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Can DGI occur after 3 years of untreated gonorrhea infection?

Can DGI occur after 3 years of untreated gonorrhea infection?

Very unlikely: DGI is uncommon these days, with only a handful of cases each year in the US. It usually occurs within a few weeks of catching gonorrhea. And almost all gonorrhea is cleared by the immune system within a few months, without antibiotic treatment. It is very rare for anyone to have gonorrhea for 3 years. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a 17 year old girl who was recently diagnosed with gonorrhea has had it for four years without knowing?

Is it possible that a 17 year old girl who was recently diagnosed with gonorrhea has had it for four years without knowing?

Unlikely: There are cases where a person has carried GC without many symptoms, and the source and timing was difficult to confirm. However, eventually the germ can move to areas that become dramatic in their impact. It can cause blood poisoning, joint infection, dramatic abdominal infection. Male contacts during that period would likely to be symptomatic. ...Read more

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I had gonorrhea and PIDa few years back and got cured. A year later we got pregnant no trouble at all does that mean PIDdidn't mess up my fallopian tub?

I had gonorrhea and PIDa few years back and got cured. A year later we got pregnant no trouble at all does that mean PIDdidn't mess up my fallopian tub?

Don't know: Fortunately, you have two fallopian tubes. The fact that you were able to get pregnant is reassuring but it doesn't mean your entirely out of the woods. ...Read more

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How did I get an std? I recently found out and got treated for gonorrhea, my question is how did I get it. I have been with one partner in the last 3 years I have never cheated, and he says he did not cheat. He was tested twice, once when I got tested and

How did I get an std? I recently found out and got treated for gonorrhea, my question is how did I get it. I have been with one partner in the last 3 years I have never cheated, and he says he did not cheat. He was tested twice, once when I got tested and

Sometimes,: Sometimes, after ruling out the usual suspects, we are left with an unsolved mystery. If you have been treated with a negative test of cure; and your contacts have been checked this is probably the best that can be hoped for. ...Read more

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Doctor, is it possible a man living with gonorrhea over 16 years? Does a disseminated gonorrhea make bubo under the armpit?

Doctor, is it possible a man living with gonorrhea over 16 years? Does a disseminated gonorrhea make bubo under the armpit?

Disseminated GC: Disseminated gonococcal infection is the spread of infection to sites other than the genitals—joints, skin, heart, or blood. Complications include: fever; cellulitis; sepsis (infection in bloodstream); arthritis (most often knees & hands;infection & inflammation of heart valves heart chambers (endocarditis); infection of fluid & tissues around brain & spinal cord (meningitis). Buboes r possible. ...Read more

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Can a male manifest signs of epidymis-orchitis or chlamydia or gonorrhea 10 years after the sexual contact?

Can a male manifest signs of epidymis-orchitis or chlamydia or gonorrhea 10 years after the sexual contact?

Yes, however...: The long term sequelae of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and infections of the testicle and epididymis are different from the signs and symptoms of acute infection. Active infection is characterized by urinary pain and urethral discharge. There may also be no symptoms. Long term, there is risk of urethral stricture disease, infertility, and atrophy of the infected epididymis or testicle. ...Read more

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Many experienced people said that chlamydia and gonorrhea longest known infection was 4 years. Is it true? How many days human body persist it?

Chlamydia and GC: Untreated these infections can last for years, yes. But one risks the chance of a disseminated infection that can be difficult to treat. Thus regular testing is key along with treatment for any exposure--even if the test is negative is a good public health practice for stds. ...Read more

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Multiple negative results for gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV over the past years and past 2 mo's. Recently diagnosed w PID is this diagnosis correct without these

Multiple negative results for gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV over the past years and past 2 mo's. Recently diagnosed w PID is this diagnosis correct without these

PID: Yes. Absolutely. It is not hiv. But any of the bacterial stds would have been tested on other genital tissues. No test done in a clinic could have reached and tested the fallopian tubes! ...Read more

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Hey doc, I am a male 19 years of age who was most likely diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea, as my doctor stated, because I was getting a frequent urination and burning while doing so. Also yellowish and sometimes white discharge throughout the night an

Hey doc, I am a male 19 years of age who was most likely diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea, as my doctor stated, because I was getting a frequent urination and burning while doing so. Also yellowish and sometimes white discharge throughout the night an

STD treatment: Almost certainly your doctor is right that you have an STD: gonorrhea, chlamydia, or nongonococcal urethritis (NGU). S/He should have donetests to see which it is, but treatment should be started without waiting for the test results. Normal treatment is a ceftriaxone (shot) plus oral azithromycin (1 dose) or doxycycline (for a week). Your sex partner (s) also need to be treated. Good luck! ...Read more

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How much damage can year long untreated gonorrhea do?

How much damage can year long untreated gonorrhea do?

Life-ruiner: He can end up with a urethral stricture and never pee normally again, or scarring in the epididymis that can keep him in pain or unable to be a father. She can end up with scarring in the oviducts that may make pregnancy impossible or have the pregnancy occur in the wrong place. Please don't neglect treatment. ...Read more

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I'm having gonorrhea for almost year now and I've been treating it but still. It's there?

I'm having gonorrhea for almost year now and I've been treating it but still. It's there?

See infectious disea: If truly persistent, an infectious disease specialist should be able to distinguish inadequate treatment, reinfection or another cause. ...Read more

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Can gonorrhea be passed to partner a year after having it? Been with my husband for over a year and just tested positive, I tested negative 6 mts ago

Can gonorrhea be passed to partner a year after having it? Been with my husband for over a year and just tested positive, I tested negative 6 mts ago

Incomplete history: Were you treated at some time? How was the testing performed? Women can carry gonorrhea without symptoms for some time, but their male partners, if acquiring it, should be symptomatic fairly quickly. This sounds as if you are asking whether your husband has been with someone else. Only he can answer that knowledgeably. ...Read more