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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.
School-based sex education is young people's preferred source of information

School-based sex education is young people's preferred source of information

WHO warns of drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea

WHO warns of drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea

WHO calls for greater vigilance on correct use of antibiotics against gonorrhoea

WHO calls for greater vigilance on correct use of antibiotics against gonorrhoea

Many women not screened for gonorrhea and chlamydia infection during pregnancy

Many women not screened for gonorrhea and chlamydia infection during pregnancy

Scientific American examines worldwide spread of drug-resistant gonorrhea

Scientific American examines worldwide spread of drug-resistant gonorrhea

Hologic enters definitive agreement to acquire Gen-Probe

Hologic enters definitive agreement to acquire Gen-Probe

Electronic survey facilitates testing for STIs in pediatric emergency department

Electronic survey facilitates testing for STIs in pediatric emergency department

No added HIV risk with hormonal contraceptives

No added HIV risk with hormonal contraceptives

New diagnostic test for Trichomonas vaginalis

New diagnostic test for Trichomonas vaginalis

More women need regular checks for Chlamydia infection: CDC

More women need regular checks for Chlamydia infection: CDC

Common sexually transmitted bacterial infection more than doubles risk of HIV

Common sexually transmitted bacterial infection more than doubles risk of HIV

Infection with M. genitalium may double African women's HIV risk

Infection with M. genitalium may double African women's HIV risk

Scientists discover new pathway necessary for infection to occur with N. gonorrhoeae

Scientists discover new pathway necessary for infection to occur with N. gonorrhoeae

Researchers call for collective effort to halt increases in drug-resistant gonorrhea

Researchers call for collective effort to halt increases in drug-resistant gonorrhea

FDA clears Roche's new test for detection of CT and NG infections

FDA clears Roche's new test for detection of CT and NG infections

HHS to spend nearly $1.8M to review research volunteer rules, fight STDs in Guatemala; DOJ asks related lawsuit to be dismissed

HHS to spend nearly $1.8M to review research volunteer rules, fight STDs in Guatemala; DOJ asks related lawsuit to be dismissed

SMA honors JSUMC obstetrician with Robert D. and Alma W. Moreton Original Research Award

SMA honors JSUMC obstetrician with Robert D. and Alma W. Moreton Original Research Award

Annual report on sexually transmitted infections reveals rising trends

Annual report on sexually transmitted infections reveals rising trends

Teenage girls with recurrent PID face fivefold risk of chronic pelvic pain and high rates of infertility

Teenage girls with recurrent PID face fivefold risk of chronic pelvic pain and high rates of infertility

First-ever phase 1 clinical trial of rectal HIV-prevention drug

First-ever phase 1 clinical trial of rectal HIV-prevention drug

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