Gonorrhea

820,000 people in the US get gonorrhea every year

What is Gonorrhea, and how do you get it?

Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection, sometimes called the Clap or the Drip that is passed by having unprotected vaginal, anal (butt hole) or oral sex with someone who is infected with gonorrhea. It can infect the vagina, cervix, penis, anus, urethra or throat.

What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?

Often gonorrhea shows no symptoms in either guys or girls. If you do get gonorrhea, symptoms appear within 2 – 21 days of having unprotected sex.

In women:

  • a thick white or yellowish vaginal discharge
  • burning with urination (when you pee)
  • burning bowel movement (when you poop)
  • pain in the lower abdomen
  • bleeding between periods.

In men:

  • thick white or yellowish discharge or drip from the tip of the penis
  • burning with urination (when you pee)
  • burning bowel movement (when you poop)
  • frequent urination

Do I need to get treated for gonorrhea?

If untreated, gonorrhea can cause a more serious infection that damages the reproductive organs. Guys won’t be able to make babies and girls won’t be able to have babies. Also, if a girl doesn’t get treated, it can cause PID, pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to death. If a pregnant female has gonorrhea and doesn’t get treated, the infection can be transmitted to the baby and cause blindness.

What is the treatment for gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is 100% curable! Once someone is diagnosed with gonorrhea they need to see a medical professional who will prescribe medication that will make the gonorrhea go away. It is important to take ALL the medication, don’t stop taking the medicine just because the symptoms are gone. If you stop taking the medicine before it is all gone the gonorrhea will come right back!

How do I prevent getting or spreading gonorrhea?

Avoid having unprotected sex while being treated for gonorrhea, or if you know your partner is infected because you can just keep passing it back and forth to your partner. The best prevention against gonorrhea for people who are sexually active is to use latex or polyurethane condoms.

It is very important to try and notify any sex partners who may have been exposed to gonorrhea so they can be treated, and not spread the infection.