Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea can cause infection in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is very common, especially among young people ages 15-24 years.

Most women (and some men) who have gonorrhea don’t have symptoms, or symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection.

Risks
  • spreads through sex (vaginal, oral, or anal) without a condom with a partner who has the infection
  • pregnant person with gonorrhea can give the infection to their baby during childbirth
Symptoms
  • Most women (and some men) who have gonorrhea don’t have symptoms, or symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection.
  • discharge from the vagina, penis, or anus
  • burning sensation when peeing
  • for women, vaginal bleeding between periods
  • for men, pain and/or swelling in testicles
  • anal itching, soreness, and/or bleeding
  • painful bowel movements
Testing
  • detected by a lab test
  • urine sample or a swab for sample
Treatment
  • treated and cured with antibiotics
  • repeat infection is possible
  • left untreated, it can cause serious and permanent health problems
Source and more info: CDC – Gonorrhea
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