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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Gonorrhea?
 
 

Gonorrhea is a highly contagious STD bacterial infection.

Gonorrhea is characterized by thick discharge from the pinis or vagina.In addition to male reproductive organs & female genital tract, gonorrhea may infect the rectum, throat, eyes, blood, skin & joints.

Gonorrhea Symptoms in Women may include:

strong smelling vaginal discharge that may be thin & watery or thick & yellow/green

irritation or discharge from the anus

abnormal vaginal bleeding

possibly some low abdominal or pelvic tenderness

pain or a burning sensation when passing urine

Gonorrhea Symptoms in Men may include:

white, yellow or green thick discharge from the tip of the penis

inflammation of the testicles & prostate gland

irritation or discharge from the anus

urethral itch & pain or burning sensation when passing urine.

Gonorrhea Testing

A urine test & a swab test - collecting fluid from the penis or vagina by placing a swab in the opening of the urethra; this causes brief discomfort.

- giving a sample of urine

- a genital examination by a doctor or nurse

- taking swabs from the cervix (entrance to the womb), urethra (tube where the urine comes out), throat or rectum

women may have an internal examination

If Gonorrhea is not treated:

Gonorrhea infection can spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body, causing damage & serious problems.

In women, it can cause: life-threatening complications such as ectopic pregnancy (outside the womb).

Blocked fallopian tubes (the tubes which carry the egg from the ovaries to the womb), which can result in reduced fertility or infertility and long-term pelvic pain.

In men, it can lead to: painful inflammation of the testicles, which may result in reduced fertility or sterility.