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Gonorrhea is a very common STD. It is caused by a germ that grows quickly in the warm, moist areas of the body. The most common place it is found is in the cervix. It can also occur in the mouth, throat, rectum, and urinary tract.

How To Get It

The disease is passed on through sex with an infected person. It is easier to get gonorrhea if a condom is not used.

How It Is Transmitted

Gonorrhea is transmitted by passing germs (bacteria) from one person to another when having sex.

What It Looks Like - What The Symptoms Are

Visible signs of gonorrhea usually appear within 2 to 10 days after infection. Men may see a yellowish discharge from the penis and a burning sensation when urinating. Women may see a yellowish discharge from the vagina and have a burning sensation when urinating. Later difficulties are bleeding between periods, swollen joints, fever, or pain in the pelvic area.

How You Get Tested For It

A health care provider will collect a fluid sample from the penis or vagina to be sent to a laboratory for a culture. This will take a few days for the results.


Gonorrhea is treatable and can be cured. Antibiotics, in the form of an injection or pills, will be given to kill the bacteria. Follow the dosing instructions thoroughly.

If Left Untreated

Would result in serious infections. Women would be extremely vulnerable to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and possible sterility.


Use a condom and spermicide (nonoxynol-9)


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