What is Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is an infection caused by a bacteria. It mostly affects the urethra, rectum and the throat. In females it can also affect the cervix.

How can I get infected?

You can get gonorrhea by having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has gonorrhea. If you are pregnant and have gonorrhea, you can infect your baby during delivery. If left untreated gonorrhea can cause infertility.

Gonorrhea symptoms

The symptoms of gonorrhea include:

  • Painful urination
  • Abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Men may experience pain in their testicles while women may experience pain in their lower abdomen

Should I get tested?

Yes, a urine sample can be used to test for gonorrhea. If you had oral and/or anal sex, a health care provider can collect swab samples from your throat and/or rectum

How do I get treatment?

Once diagnosed with gonorrhea the health care provider will prescribe antibiotics. It is recommended the sexual partner of those infected be tested and treated.