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What is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually-transmitted infection caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
How common is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a very common sexually-transmitted infection. It mainly affects people between the ages of 15 and 24, but anyone who is sexually active is at a risk of being infected.
How is gonorrhea diagnosed?
Gonorrhea may be diagnosed from tests on a urine sample, or a swab sample from the cervix in women or the urethra in men.
How is gonorrhea treated?
Gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics, the entire course of which should be completed to prevent the infection from returning. To minimize the risk of reinfection, it is important to tell your sexual partner(s) to be diagnosed and seek timely treatment, and to …
What are the complications of gonorrhea?
Left untreated, complications of gonorrhea can include joint infections, increased risk of HIV infection, pelvic inflammatory disease in women and inflammation of the epididymis in men. Pregnant women with gonorrhea can also pass the infection to …
If I'm pregnant, will gonorrhea affect my baby?
Pregnant women with gonorrhea can pass the infection onto their baby during childbirth, which can result in infections of a baby's eyes or joints.
Can gonorrhea be caught from sex?
Yes. Gonorrhea is a sexually-transmitted infection which can be transmitted via vaginal, anal or oral sex.
What causes gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually-transmitted infection caused by a bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
About this article
Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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