Gonorrhea is caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhea that grows in the warm moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the urethra, vagina, mouth, throat and anus.
- Need to urinate (pee) more often
- Discharge from the genitals, which may be yellow or white, watery or thick (see picture)
- Burning or pain when you urinate (pee) or have a bowel movement
- Or a person may not experience any symptoms
Gonorrhea is now treated by a large number of new and very potent antibiotics. Depending on your healthcare provider, administering of treatment can include an intramuscular injection or a series of pills. It is important to see your healthcare provider for a follow-up visit 7 days after treatment to re-check cultures and confirm the cure of infection.
Abstinence is the only 100% effective way of preventing gonorrhea, however if you choose to engage in sexual activities and are unsure if you or your partner is possibly infected, consistent and correct use of condoms can effectively help reduce the risk of transmission. Washing your hands right after sex can also reduce risk.
If you think that you or someone you know may have been infected with gonorrhea click here for testing sites. If you’re sexually active, sign-up for free STD testing reminders via email, text or both at WeAllTest.com. If We All Test, we can help eliminate syphilis and other STDs in our community.