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Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that generally affects the genital organs. The infection is transmitted from person to person by intimate physical contact. The infection may also be present in the throat and can be transmitted orally. If left untreated, Gonorrhea can cause abdominal, joint, blood stream, and eye infections as well.


  • Men will usually notice a burning pain when urinating 2 - 6 days after contact with an infected person
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Women with genital gonorrhea do not notice obvious symptoms
  • Both men and women may have rectal gonorrhea without obvious symptoms, but rectal irritation and discharge may occur
  • Gonorrhea of the throat could cause a sore throat


  • Antibiotics are used to treat gonorrhea
  • Completion of all medication is essential and post treatment testing is mandatory
  • All sexual partners should be notified and encouraged to seek treatment
  • Avoid intimate contact until treatment and retesting is complete
  • If not treated properly, gonorrhea may progress causing arthritis, sterility, heart problems, or serious pelvic disorders
  • Women can pass gonorrhea to newborns if left untreated


  • Use condoms
  • Urinate and wash the penis immediately after sexual activity
  • Avoid sexual contact with anyone who has STD"s
  • Have regular medical check-ups