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Gonorrhea Transmission: A Summary

Gonorrhea transmission occurs through contact with the:
  • Penis
  • Vagina
  • Mouth
  • Anus.
It is important to note that ejaculation does not have to occur in order for gonorrhea to be transmitted or acquired. Gonorrhea can also be transmitted from mother to baby during vaginal delivery. People who have had gonorrhea and have received treatment may get infected again if they have sexual contact with a person who is infected with gonorrhea.
(Click Gonorrhea and Pregnancy for more information about the complications gonorrhea presents to pregnant women.)

Risk Factors of Gonorrhea Transmission

It is important to note that any sexually active person can be infected with gonorrhea. In the United States, the highest reported rates of gonorrhea transmission are among sexually active teenagers, young adults, and African Americans.
(Click Gonorrhea Statistics for more statistics about gonorrhea.)
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