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Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae and is spread through contact with the vagina, penis, mouth, or anus. It can also be spread from mother to baby during a vaginal delivery.
A person with gonorrhea may have symptoms such as burning sensations during urination and discharge (green or yellow pus from the penis and yellow or bloody vaginal discharge). In women, early symptoms are often mild.
If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to complications such as:
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Epididymitis
  • Infertility.
Gonorrhea treatment typically involves a course of antibiotics. If you have been treated for this condition, you can get the infection again if you have sexual contact with a person who has it. If gonorrhea symptoms continue even after receiving treatment, return to your healthcare provider to be reevaluated.
(Click Gonorrhea for more information about this disease, including all of the tests that can be used to make a diagnosis.)
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