What Is The STD Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) 

that is very common and easily cured with prescription antibiotics. 

 

It is spread through oral, vaginal, and anal sex. 

There are an estimated 820,000 cases of gonorrhoea in the U.S. each year. 

 

Many people with gonorrhoea are unaware they have 

it because they often have mild or no symptoms.

 

Gonorrhoea is often called “the drip” or “the clap” 

and is especially common in young people in their teens and twenties. 

It is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae

which infects the mucous membranes of the 

reproductive system including the cervix, fallopian tubes, uterus in women, 

and the urethra in both men and women. 

 

Gonorrhoea can infect the penis, vagina, 

anus, throat, and (more rarely) eyes. 

If you don’t treat it, gonorrhoea can lead to 

serious health problems or even infertility, 

which is why regular STD testing is important even if you feel healthy.

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Untreated gonorrhoea can lead to infertility in both men and women 

and make you more susceptible to contracting additional STDs

Gonorrhoea is an STD that is easily cured with antibiotics. 

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Symptoms of the STD Gonorrhoea

 

Many men and most women with 

gonorrhea have no symptoms at all. 

 

Symptoms in men include:

  • Painful urination
  • A white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis
  • Painful or swollen testicles

 

Symptoms in women include:

  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods

 

In both men and women, rectal infections can cause no 

symptoms or cause symptoms such as anal 

discharge, soreness, bleeding, or itching, or painful bowel movements.

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Possible STD Infection

How Do You Get The STD Gonorrhoea?

 

The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea is carried in semen, 

pre-cum, and vaginal fluids and can be transmitted during oral, vaginal, 

and anal sex with an infected partner, even if there is no ejaculation.

 

Gonorrhoea can also be spread from mother to baby during childbirth.  

A baby that contracts gonorrhoea during 

childbirth may suffer blindness, joint infection, or a life-threatening blood infection. 

 

The CDC advises pregnant women to get tested and 

treated as necessary to prevent passing gonorrhoea to the baby.

Who Is at Risk?

Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea, 

especially if they are having unprotected sex. 

 

That being said, certain groups of people have biological and 

behavioral factors that put them at higher risk. 

 

According to the CDC, sexually active teenagers, young adults, 

and African Americans have the highest reported rates of infection.

 

The CDC recommends at least yearly gonorrhea screening for:

  • Women under 25
  • Women older than 25 if they have risk factors like 
  • new or multiple sex partners or partners with an STD
  • Men who have sex with men
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How Do You Prevent Gonorrhoea?

Not having vaginal, anal, or oral sex is

the best way to avoid Gonorrhoea.

That being said, if you are sexually active, safer sex with

consistent use of protection like latex or polyurethane

condoms and dental dams helps lower (though not eliminate) the risk of getting an STD.


Being mutually monogamous with a long-term partner

who has tested negative can also help prevent infection.


Having open conversations about sexual health and

getting  tested  regularly with your partner(s) can

help confirm your status and protect your health.


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