Gonorrhea

GonorrheaWhat is it?

  • Common bacterial STD
  • Can develop in a woman’s cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and in a man or woman’s urethra
  • Can also live in the mouth, throat, eyes or anus
  • 2/3 of infections every year are among young people 15-24 years old
  • Having any STD, such as Gonorrhea, increases your chances of getting HIV​

​How do you get it?

  • Transmitted through anal, vaginal, or oral sex with an already infected person
  • It can also be transmitted from a mother to her unborn baby
  • Even if you have no symptoms, you can still pass it to others
  • If you have been infected with Gonorrhea and are treated you can still become re-infected at a later time
  • The ONLY way to know if you have Gonorrhea is to get tested

Gonorrhea 2Symptoms in Men

  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • White, yellow, or green discharge from the penis
  • Painful or swollen testicles
    • Sometimes, infections are asymptomatic (showing no signs or symptoms)
  • If left untreated, Gonorrhea can cause epididymitis in men, which is a painful condition of the testicles and can lead to infertility

Symptoms in Women

  • Painful urination
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Bleeding between periods
  • If left untreated, Gonorrhea can cause Pelvic inflammatory Disease (PID), which can lead to infertility

Treatment & Prevention

  • Treated with a dose of prescribed antibiotics
  • The only way to 100% prevent yourself from becoming infected is by abstaining from oral, vaginal and anal sex
  • Practicing safer sex can reduce your risk
    • Use male or female condoms for anal and vaginal sex
    • Use dental dams and male condoms for oral sex
    • Use protection the whole time, every time
  • Reducing your number of sex partners can help to reduce your risk