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Definition  

Gonorrhea is type of sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Treatment includes antibiotics, partner notification, and lifestyle changes.

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Causes  

Gonorrhea is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted from an infected partner during sex. This can happen during oral, vaginal, or anal sex.

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Risk Factors  

Gonorrhea is most common among sexually young adults. Other factors that increase your chances of getting gonorrhea include:

  • Being sexually active
  • Multiple sex partners
  • Having sex without a condom
  • History of STDs
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Symptoms  

Most people who have gonorrhea do not have symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they may appear 1-14 days of exposure. In some cases, symptoms do not occur for up to a month.

Symptoms in men may include:

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Itching sensation in urethra

Symptoms in women may include:

  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding

Symptoms in men and women with rectal infections may include:

  • Anal itching
  • Soreness
  • Bleeding
  • Painful bowel movements

Gonorrhea can also cause serious health complications.

Complications in men include:

  • Epididymitis —A painful swelling and inflammation of the testicles, which may lead to infertility.
  • Urethritis —The inside of the urethra may become inflamed, which causes burning when passing urine. If scarring occurs, it may cause difficulty with passing urine, or block urine flow completely.
  • Prostatitis —An inflammation of the prostate gland. Symptoms include pain in and around the groin and pelvis, or discomfort when urinating. It may also create flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, body aches, or fatigue.

Complications in women include: