What is Gonorrhea infection?

Infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria Gonorrhoeae that affects the genitals, anus, or throat.

5 Facts You Should Know

  • It Tends to Affect the Young More Than the Old
    This is likely because younger people are more likely to be sexually active with multiple partners in a shorter amount of time.
  • Infected Body Fluids Through Direct Contact Will Spread the Disease
    Gonorrhea is not something that can be caught by sitting on a public toilet seat. You can’t get it if you share a hot tub with someone who has an active infection.
  • Men are More Likely to Experience Symptoms Than Women
    It takes anywhere between 2 to 5 days for symptoms of gonorrhea to show up. Men are more likely to experience symptoms (yellow or green discharge and pain while urinating).
  • Condoms Don’t Always Stop the Spread of Gonorrhea
    It does not take an ejaculation by a man for gonorrhea to spread. Only contact with an infected area of the body is necessary during sexual intercourse for the STD to transfer.
  • Up to 73% of Young People who have Gonorrhea Will get Another STD in 12 Months or Less
    Those who receive an active gonorrhea infection seem to be more susceptible to future infections, even after the initial gonorrhea infection has been cured.
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Symptoms

  • Yellow-green discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Burning pain while urinating
  • Pelvic pain and/or abnormal vaginal bleeding (Females)
  • Painful or swollen testicles (Males)
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Cause

Gonorrhea bacteria can grow in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix (opening to the womb), uterus (womb), and fallopian tubes (egg canals) in women, and in the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body) in women and men.
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Testing

These tests are very accurate. They can be done on urine samples or samples of body fluid from the area where the infection is suspected.

Things to remember
  • Gonorrhea can be treated and cured by taking doses of oral antibiotics for a set period