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What is Gonorrhea?
- Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
- For women, Gonorrhea can grow in warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract (cervix and fallopian tubes), the urethra, anus, eyes, mouth and throat.
- For men, Gonorrhea can grow in the urethra, anus, eyes, mouth and throat Gonorrhea is sometimes referred to as “The Clap”.
What are Gonorrhea Symptoms?
- Often asymptomatic (showing no signs), or showing only mild signs.
- If symptoms do occur, they appear within 2-14 days after exposure, but can take as many as 30 days to appear.
How is Gonorrhea Transmitted?
- Gonorrhea is spread through vaginal, anal or oral sex.
- Spread through contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus.
- Ejaculation is not necessary for Gonorrhea to be transmitted.
- Can be spread from mother to baby during vaginal delivery.
How do you Test for Gonorrhea?
- This test is based on the amplification of the DNA that is present in Neisseria Gonorrhoeae.
- A simple urine sample is needed.
What are the Complications of Gonorrhea?
- Prompt diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications caused by Gonorrhea.
- Serious health complications can occur if the infection is left untreated.
How is Gonorrhea Treated?
- Curable with antibiotic treatment.
- Retesting is recommended three months after treatment of initial infection.
How Common is Gonorrhea?
- Very common infection.
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are more than 700,000 new cases of Gonorrhea each year in the U.S..
- Under-reporting is substantial.