By Jack Xavier
Gonorrhea in Japan, better known as “rinbyo” (淋病), is another STD that is very common but that can be cured with no long term effects if treatment is administered quickly. Though it may be a bit difficult to openly talk about STDs, the fact remains that it is important to arm yourself with the knowledge of how to identify, treat, and avoid gonorrhea in Japan.
What is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a very common STD (sexually transmitted disease), which can infect both men and women alike. It is most often contracted by young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Gonorrhea can infect not only the genitals, but also the throat and rectum as well.
How is Gonorrhea contracted and transmitted, and what can you do to avoid it?
As its STD classification would suggest, having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex can lead to contracting gonorrhea. If you have unprotected sex with a partner who is infected by gonorrhea, there is a 30% chance of contacting the STD yourself. The simplest way to avoid gonorrhea is by being in a mutually exclusive sexual relationship with your significant other, while testing to make sure neither of you have already contracted the STD.
As with other STDs, it is possible to avoid contracting gonorrhea by using latex condoms every time you have sex. If you are sexually active and have multiple partners, it is reccomended to get tested for gonorrhea at least once per year.
Symptoms and associated health risks of Gonorrhea
The symptoms of gonorrhea manifest in different ways for each gender. If you are a man, gonorrhea can cause a painful or burning sensation during urination, white, yellow or green discharge from the penis, in addition to the less the common symptom of swollen or painful testicles.
Women are affected by similar symptoms of a painful sensation during urination, increased vaginal discharge, and vaginal bleeding when it is not your period.
Often times, the symptoms of gonorrhea are not very apparent and can take up to 2 weeks after contraction to manifest.
What to do if you think or know you have Gonorrhea?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above and think you may have contracted gonorrhea in Japan, you should stop having sex and consult a medical professional as soon as possible. If you are uncertain where to seek medical help, HealthyTokyo offers an appointment service to clinics that provide treatment for gonorrhea in English. For more information on this service, please utilize the chat feature on the bottom right of the screen or click the button below.
Consequences of not treating Gonorrhea
If gonorrhea goes untreated, the consequences can be very serious and include the inability to have children (both men and women), long-term abdominal pain, and even an increased risk of contracting or transmitting AIDS. Women can also suffer from scaring caused by gonorrhea that can block the fallopian tubes and increase the risk of an ectopic pregnancy, which is a dangerous condition where the embryo attaches outside the uterus.
Concerns with pregnancy and transmission to baby.
If you are pregnant and have gonorrhea, there is a high risk of transmitting the disease to the baby upon delivery, which will cause major health issues for the child, such as blindness, joint infections, or blood infection. Even if you are already pregnant and find out that you have contracted gonorrhea, treatment is still possible and will reduce the likelihood of health issues for your child relating to gonorrhea.
Treating Gonorrhea in Japan
Thankfully, it is possible to cure gonorrhea with the right medication, but keep in mind, while this treatment will eliminate the infection, it cannot reverse any of the long-term damage caused by the disease sited above. Over the past decade, strains of gonorrhea resistant to treatment have been increasing, one of which was discovered in Japan. If you are concerned about your status regarding gonorrhea, it is of paramount importance to consult a medical provider immediately.
Contracting an STD in your home country is troublesome enough, and while the idea of getting gonorrhea in Japan may be terrifying, rest assured that straightforward and easy treatment is available in English. If you are still a bit uncomfortable with your level of Japanese, please don’t hesitate to take advantage of HealthyTokyo’s aforementioned appointment service. If you have any questions about the appointment service, or anything else, please use the site’s chat feature.
Before you go, just remember:
● Gonorrhea is a very common STD with a 30% infection ratio.
● It is possible to protect against gonorrhea by practicing safe sex.
● Gonorrhea and is easily curable, but its negative effects can be serious if left untreated.
Gonorrhea – CDC Fact Sheet
Super-Resistant Gonorrhea Strain Found In Japan
Untreatable gonorrhoea ‘superbug’ spreading around world, WHO warns
Japanese Journal of Sexually Transmitted Infections