A sexually transmitted infection caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The bacteria grow and multiply easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract in women and men.
What is Gonorrhea?
Symptoms of Gonorrhea in women include:
- Painful or burning sensation when urinating
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Bleeding between menstrual periods
Symptoms of Gonorrhea in men include:
- Burning sensation when urinating
- White, yellow, or green discharge from the penis
- Painful or swollen testicles
Treatment for Gonorrhea
- Treatment for Gonorrhea should be done before having an abortion.
- Visit your doctor, who then will prescribe antibiotics to treat your Gonorrhea infection.
- Several antibiotics can successfully cure Gonorrhea in adolescents and adults.
- It is important to take all of the medication prescribed to cure Gonorrhea.
- Get yearly check-ups with your doctor.
- Stop having sex during treatment for Gonorrhea.
- Notify all sex partners that you have an STI so they can be tested and treated.
- You should be re-tested for Gonorrhea within 3-4 months after finishing treatment.
DID YOU KNOW…
Most of the infected women and men have NO SYMPTOMS of Gonorrhea. (1)
Those who do get symptoms of Gonorrhea won’t notice them for up to 30 days after infection. (1)
Men and women who have any other sexually transmitted infection (STI) are at least two to five times more likely to get HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. (2)
STI information on this page provided by the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.