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Gonorrhea is caused by bacteria that live in warm, moist parts of the body such as the throat, rectum, penis and vagina. It can also be found in infected semen and vaginal fluids. Left untreated, gonorrhea can cause infertility in both men and women.

Typically, in men, symptoms usually show within 10 days and it's common for women to have no symptoms at all.
Symptoms can include:
  • A yellow, white or green discharge
  • A burning feeling while urinating
  • Swelling of the foreskin
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Sore throat
How is it contracted?

Gonorrhea is spread during vaginal, oral or anal sex. It may be possible to spread gonorrhea on fingers when you touch an infected part of the body, then touch other parts of your or someone else’s body. Using a condom reduces the risk but doesn't eliminate it entirely.
Gonorrhea can also be passed through oral sex. It's possible for an adult to get conjunctivitis as a result of their eye coming into contact with gonorrhea bacteria, but this is very rare.

Testing & Treatment

can be done in two different ways, urine sample being the most common or alternatively gently wiping a swab over an area believed to be infected.

Treatment for Gonorrhea is done with antibiotics. People you’ve had sex with also need to get checked as left untreated, gonorrhea can cause serious problems, including infertility in men and women.

If you think you might have a Sexually Transmitted Infection or want to seek treatment, you can schedule a visit with us.
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