Gonorrhea (pronounced: gah-nuh-REE-uh) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
What Are STDs?
STDs (also called sexually transmitted infections or STIs) are infections that spread through sex (vaginal, oral, or anal). Some STDs can spread through close contact with the genitals or body fluids.
How Do People Get Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea spreads through sex (vaginal, oral, or anal) with someone who has the infection.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Gonorrhea?
Someone with gonorrhea may have:
discharge from the vagina, penis, or anus
in men, pain in testicles
in women, vaginal bleeding between periods
pain in the lower belly
pain when peeing
rectal pain, especially when having a bowel movement (pooping)
Many people with gonorrhea have no symptoms. They can spread the infection to others without knowing it.
What Causes Gonorrhea?
A type of called Neisseria gonorrhoeae causes gonorrhea.
How Is Gonorrhea Diagnosed?
To find out if someone has gonorrhea, health care providers do tests on:
fluid or discharge from the vagina, cervix (opening to the womb), urethra (where pee comes out), throat, or anus
How Is Gonorrhea Treated?
Health care providers treat gonorrhea with an antibiotic. It is given as a shot in the doctor's office. It is important to get tested again 3 months after treatment to make sure the infection is cured (even if there are no symptoms).
All sexual partners from the past 2 months need treatment too, even if they don't have signs of gonorrhea.
If someone still has symptoms after treatment, they may need treatment with different antibiotics. Or they may have been infected with gonorrhea again.
You should not have sex again until:
at least 7 days after you and your sexual partner(s) take the antibiotics
you and your sexual partner(s) do not have signs of gonorrhea
People can get gonorrhea again if:
Their partners aren't treated.
They get treated but then have sex with someone else who has gonorrhea.