Can gonorrhea go undetected for years?

If gonorrhea remains undetected and undiagnosed for a long period of time, the infection is likely to spread and affect other parts of the body. Patients who have carried the infection for a long time are at risk of complications and may begin to experience gonorrhea symptoms months or even years after infection.

How long can you have gonorrhea without knowing?

In males, symptoms usually appear two to seven days after infection but it can take as long as 30 days for symptoms to begin. Often, there are no symptoms for people infected with gonorrhea; 10 to 15 percent of men and about 80 percent of women may have no symptoms.

How long can gonorrhea sit dormant?

A person infected with gonorrhea may go up to six months with no signs of infection before more severe signs and symptoms show themselves.

Can a man have gonorrhea for 2 years and not know it?

Most men with gonorrhea don’t have any symptoms. If they do get symptoms, they usually show up between 2 and 14 days after having relationship with someone who’s infected. Symptoms can also show up weeks later. Even without symptoms, if you have gonorrhea and you don’t get it treated, it can lead to other health problems.