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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.
New report details the current landscape of Minnesota youth's sexual health

New report details the current landscape of Minnesota youth's sexual health

Trying to avoid racist health care, Black women seek out Black obstetricians

Trying to avoid racist health care, Black women seek out Black obstetricians

Decreased screening and testing may lead to future surge in sexually transmitted infections

Decreased screening and testing may lead to future surge in sexually transmitted infections

Scientists discover fundamental regulation mechanism of proteins

Scientists discover fundamental regulation mechanism of proteins

Sexually active individuals under age 30 should be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea

Sexually active individuals under age 30 should be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea

INRS professor receives CIHR funding for research on nasopharyngeal bacteria

INRS professor receives CIHR funding for research on nasopharyngeal bacteria

FDA waiver broadens the use of chlamydia and gonorrhea test at more point-of-care settings

FDA waiver broadens the use of chlamydia and gonorrhea test at more point-of-care settings

New antibiotic compound can effectively clear multi-drug resistant gonorrhea in animals

New antibiotic compound can effectively clear multi-drug resistant gonorrhea in animals

Accurate STI reporting impacted by clinical focus on COVID-19

Accurate STI reporting impacted by clinical focus on COVID-19

Inexpensive molecule shows potential to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing gonorrhea, meningitis

Inexpensive molecule shows potential to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing gonorrhea, meningitis

UC researcher recommends screening teen emergency room patients for STIs

UC researcher recommends screening teen emergency room patients for STIs

Simple method provides real-time surveillance to control the spread of drug-resistant gonorrhea

Simple method provides real-time surveillance to control the spread of drug-resistant gonorrhea

COVID-19 antibiotic risk factors

COVID-19 antibiotic risk factors

Sexually active students more likely to use STI self-testing services

Sexually active students more likely to use STI self-testing services

Scientists engineer powerful novel anti-microbial molecules from wasp venom

Scientists engineer powerful novel anti-microbial molecules from wasp venom

The implications of COVID-related sexual distancing and clinical service interruption

The implications of COVID-related sexual distancing and clinical service interruption

Honey a better cough remedy than over-the-counter-medicines

Honey a better cough remedy than over-the-counter-medicines

UIC's first-of-its-kind contraceptive receives FDA approval

UIC's first-of-its-kind contraceptive receives FDA approval

New test can pinpoint which people with gonorrhea can be cured with ciprofloxacin

New test can pinpoint which people with gonorrhea can be cured with ciprofloxacin

Penis microbiome is reservoir for bacterial vaginosis-associated bacteria

Penis microbiome is reservoir for bacterial vaginosis-associated bacteria