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Gonorrhea is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhea. It is estimated that 820,000 new cases of gonorrhea are diagnosed in the U.S. every year.

Gonorrhea is usually transmitted during vaginal, oral or anal sex or through sharing sex aids that have not been washed or covered with a condom each time they are used. A mother can also pass the infection onto her baby during childbirth, which can cause blindness in the infant.

Common symptoms in men include a burning sensation when urinating and a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis, although some men may have no symptoms. Women with gonorrhea do not usually have any symptoms but initial symptoms may include pain or burning on urination, increased vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding between periods and abdominal and pelvic pain.

If a woman is left untreated, infection can spread into the womb and fallopian tubes causing pelvic inflammatory disease which can lead to infertility and an increased risk for ectopic pregnancy. In men, the disease can cause epididymitis, a painful swelling in the back of the testicles that can also eventually lead to infertility.

Gonorrhea is identified using a urine test or swabs taken from a man’s urethra or a woman’s cervix. Antibiotics can be used to stop infection but cannot repair any permanent damage caused by the disease.
Newsom changes course on plan to pay for immigrant health coverage

Newsom changes course on plan to pay for immigrant health coverage

Gonorrhoea may be transmitted via kissing

Gonorrhoea may be transmitted via kissing

NIH announces awards to advance development of vaccines for sexually transmitted infections

NIH announces awards to advance development of vaccines for sexually transmitted infections

UNC and partners receive NIH funding to identify chlamydia vaccine

UNC and partners receive NIH funding to identify chlamydia vaccine

A plan to cover immigrants would divert public health dollars

A plan to cover immigrants would divert public health dollars

Planned parenthood’s ‘risky strategy’ to update its image

Planned parenthood’s ‘risky strategy’ to update its image

Researchers discover new broad-spectrum antibiotic that contains arsenic

Researchers discover new broad-spectrum antibiotic that contains arsenic

Using a health information exchange network to enhance disease surveillance

Using a health information exchange network to enhance disease surveillance

A new treatment for Chlamydia via Canadian researchers

A new treatment for Chlamydia via Canadian researchers

Study outlines link between America's eviction crisis and high rate of STIs

Study outlines link between America's eviction crisis and high rate of STIs

FDA grants clearance to Hologic’s assay for detection of common sexually transmitted infections

FDA grants clearance to Hologic’s assay for detection of common sexually transmitted infections

Meningococcal bacteria with antibiotic resistance are at risk of increasing worldwide

Meningococcal bacteria with antibiotic resistance are at risk of increasing worldwide

Increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance in the U.S. linked with occasional use

Increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance in the U.S. linked with occasional use

An underused strategy for surge in STDs: Treat patients’ partners without a doctor visit

An underused strategy for surge in STDs: Treat patients’ partners without a doctor visit

All infectious diseases likely to be seasonal

All infectious diseases likely to be seasonal

New single-dose antibiotic effectively treats uncomplicated gonorrhea infections

New single-dose antibiotic effectively treats uncomplicated gonorrhea infections

Scientists move closer to gonorrhea vaccine after large-scale proteomic study

Scientists move closer to gonorrhea vaccine after large-scale proteomic study

Oral antibiotic shows promise to cure uncomplicated gonorrhea

Oral antibiotic shows promise to cure uncomplicated gonorrhea

Scientists discover cell adhesion mechanism used by mycoplasma genitalium

Scientists discover cell adhesion mechanism used by mycoplasma genitalium

Primary care doctors ‘not doing enough’ to curb STDs

Primary care doctors ‘not doing enough’ to curb STDs