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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.
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

Survey results highlight the need for better communication between patients and HCPs about bacterial vaginosis

Survey results highlight the need for better communication between patients and HCPs about bacterial vaginosis

Mouse models may not completely reflect severity of gonorrhea infection

Mouse models may not completely reflect severity of gonorrhea infection

New Euro-GASP program monitors continued effectiveness of treatment regimen for gonorrhea

New Euro-GASP program monitors continued effectiveness of treatment regimen for gonorrhea

STD rates are skyrocketing in USA

STD rates are skyrocketing in USA

Discovery opens up new ways to tackle growing threat of untreatable gonorrhea

Discovery opens up new ways to tackle growing threat of untreatable gonorrhea

Pelvic exams do not improve physician's ability to diagnose STDs in adolescent female patients

Pelvic exams do not improve physician's ability to diagnose STDs in adolescent female patients

Novel online HIV prevention program reduces sexually transmitted infections in gay young men

Novel online HIV prevention program reduces sexually transmitted infections in gay young men

The ‘perfect storm’: Redirecting family planning funds could undercut STD fight

The ‘perfect storm’: Redirecting family planning funds could undercut STD fight

Syphilis and gonorrhea on the rise in England

Syphilis and gonorrhea on the rise in England

California’s deadly STD epidemic sets record

California’s deadly STD epidemic sets record

ECDC whole genome sequencing study helps understand prevalence of drug-resistant gonorrhea

ECDC whole genome sequencing study helps understand prevalence of drug-resistant gonorrhea

First genomic survey of gonorrhea maps antibiotic resistance across Europe

First genomic survey of gonorrhea maps antibiotic resistance across Europe

New survey highlights need for BV awareness and education to ensure proper care

New survey highlights need for BV awareness and education to ensure proper care