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Gonorrhea: Everything You Need To Know About This Common STD

Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. According to Medical News Today, globally, an estimate of 820,000 new gonorrhea infections are reported each year.

In the year 2016, rates of reported gonorrhea cases are the highest among adolescents and young adults.


What Is Gonorrhea ?

Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae and can infect both men and women mainly through sexual intercourse. One can get gonorrhea through any kind of sexual contact like vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, oral intercourse and it can even pass from mother to the baby through a vaginal delivery but not from a C-section delivery.

Although the bacteria can't live for more than a few seconds outside the body, you can get this STD by touching objects like clothes or toilet seats.

What Are The Symptoms Of Gonorrhea?

The symptoms of gonorrhea can appear anywhere from 1 to 14 days after exposure to the infection. Men and women have different signs of gonorrhea.

These are the symptoms of men:

  • Green, yellow or white urethral discharge
  • Painful and frequent urination
  • Anal discharge, bleeding, itching, pain when passing stool
  • Pain in the testicles or scrotum
  • Itching, and difficulty in swallowing
  • Red, swollen, warm and painful joints
  • Eye pain and eye discharge resembling pus

These are the symptoms of women:

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Story first published: Monday, August 20, 2018, 14:11 [IST]
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