Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a common bacterial infection of the vagina, penis, anus, and sometimes the throat. Many people who get chlamydia get gonorrhea at the same time.

Transmission

Gonorrhea is a bacteria that is spread through vaginal fluids and semen. You can get it through vaginal, anal, or oral sex without a condom or dental dam.

Symptoms & complications

Most people don’t have any symptoms.  For people who do get symptoms, they can include:

  • painful urination

  • painful ejaculation

  • pelvic pain

  • change in discharge (this could mean change in color, odor, consistency, or amount)

  • pain or bleeding around the anus

Like all bacteria, gonorrhea will multiply if left untreated. If the infection is left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage to the reproductive organs. Untreated gonorrhea will get worse even if a person never experiences symptoms.

Testing

If you are thinking about becoming sexually active or already are, it’s important to get tested. Because gonorrhea does not always show symptoms, it can be really difficult to know when someone is infected. Teen Clinic tests for gonorrhea most commonly through a urine sample. It’s simple! Results are available within a week or two.

Treatment

Gonorrhea is curable and treatable with antibiotics. It’s important to finish the entire course of medication, even if symptoms go away.  It is also important to refrain from any sexual contact for 7 days so reinfection does not occur, and to make sure your partner is being treated as well.

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