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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.
Immediate access to antibiotics stems spread of sexually transmitted diseases

Immediate access to antibiotics stems spread of sexually transmitted diseases

Key advance in understanding the proteins and mechanisms involved in the spread of Lyme Disease

Key advance in understanding the proteins and mechanisms involved in the spread of Lyme Disease

British Medical Association calls on Health Secretary to deliver tough action to protect the nation's health

British Medical Association calls on Health Secretary to deliver tough action to protect the nation's health

New rapid gonorrhea test that does not require collection

New rapid gonorrhea test that does not require collection

Some New York City stores are selling antibiotics illegally over the counter

Some New York City stores are selling antibiotics illegally over the counter

Popular injectable contraceptive increases risk of STD's

Popular injectable contraceptive increases risk of STD's

25% of young men tested positive for a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

25% of young men tested positive for a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

Home test kit for common sexually transmitted diseases

Home test kit for common sexually transmitted diseases

Risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) decreases with condom use

Risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) decreases with condom use

New diagnoses of STIs increased by four per cent from 678,709 in 2002 to 708,083

New diagnoses of STIs increased by four per cent from 678,709 in 2002 to 708,083

British Government needs to get its act together to tackle the soaring rates of sexually transmitted infections

British Government needs to get its act together to tackle the soaring rates of sexually transmitted infections

Young holidaymaker's traveling overseas face serious health issues from casual sex

Young holidaymaker's traveling overseas face serious health issues from casual sex

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has caused a major divide among participants of the AIDS Conference in Thailand

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has caused a major divide among participants of the AIDS Conference in Thailand

Highest rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia are seen in African Americans females aged 15 to 19 years

Highest rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia are seen in African Americans females aged 15 to 19 years

Retrial for grievous biological harm HIV case

Retrial for grievous biological harm HIV case

New York health department issues advisory on gonorrhea

New York health department issues advisory on gonorrhea

Drug-resistant gonorrhea is a major public health concern

Drug-resistant gonorrhea is a major public health concern

Almost half of all medicines globally are used irrationally according to WHO

Almost half of all medicines globally are used irrationally according to WHO