Talking to your 15+ year old son about sexual topics probably feels uncomfortable for you as the parent, and for him. But, there are some topics that are especially important for him to learn about to protect himself in the future. One topic is gonorrhea.
Gonorrhea is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI). You get this infection if you have sexual contact with someone who already has it. Most of the time there are no symptoms so you don’t even know you have it. But, this infection can get into the urethra, the tube in the center of the penis, and cause a painful burning when he pees. White fluid might also come out the end of his penis.
Because gonorrhea is a bacterial infection it can be treated with the correct antibiotic. At this young age, it is unlikely that your son is having sexual contact with someone who is infected, but this is the best time for you to teach him about this STI before he leaves your home.
My book, I’m a Boy, Sexual Maturity, is a must-read for your son so we can make sure he understands the risk of getting an STD and what to do to protect himself. Other important topics in the book are conception and contraception.
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