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Men infected with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. However, some men have signs or symptoms that appear two to five days after infection while some symptoms can take as long as 30 days to appear.

Symptoms and signs include a burning sensation when urinating, or a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis. Sometimes men with gonorrhea get painful or swollen testicles.

In women, the symptoms of gonorrhea are often mild, but most women who are infected have no symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they can be easily mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection.

The initial symptoms and signs in women include a painful or burning sensation when urinating, increased vaginal discharge, or vaginal bleeding between periods. Women with gonorrhea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, regardless of the presence or severity of symptoms.

Gonorrhea can also infect the rectum, sometimes without symptoms. When symptoms are present, they may include discharge, anal itching, soreness, bleeding, or painful bowel movements.

Infections in the throat may cause a sore throat, but usually causes no symptoms.

For women and men, any genital symptoms such as an unusual sore, discharge with odor, burning during urination could mean an STD infection. An additional symptom of possible infection for women is bleeding between menstrual cycles. If any of these symptoms appear, you should stop having sex and consult a health care provider immediately.

Gonorrhea is a very common infectious disease that is spread sexually. It's estimated that more than 700,000 persons in the U.S. get new gonorrheal infections each year, and the numbers are rising.

A bacteria that can grow in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix (opening to the womb), uterus (womb), and fallopian tubes (egg canals) in women. It can also grow in the urethra (urine canal) in women and men. Other warm, moist areas where gonorrhea will grow are the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus. Yes, the eyes!

Gonorrhea is spread through contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected person. Ejaculation does not have to occur for gonorrhea to be transmitted or acquired. Gonorrhea can also be spread from mother to baby during delivery.

People who have had gonorrhea and receive treatment may get infected again if they have sexual contact with an infected person.

Any sexually active person can be infected with gonorrhea. In the United States, the highest reported rates of infection are among sexually active teenagers, young adults, and African Americans.

The surest way to avoid transmission of STDs is to abstain from sexual intercourse, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.

Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of gonorrhea. Think you know the correct way to use a condom? Here's your test? (link)

Avoiding alcohol and drug use may also help prevent transmission of gonorrhea because these activities may lead to risky sexual behavior. It is important that sex partners talk to each other about their HIV status and history of other STDs so that preventive action can be taken.

Gonorrhea is getting harder to cure and there are drug-resistant strains in the world. In the U.S., gonorrhea is still treatable with the right combination of antibiotics, but some experts believe it is only a matter of time before the resistant strains make their way to the U.S.

It is important to take all of the medication prescribed to cure gonorrhea. Although medication will stop the infection, it will not repair any permanent damage done by the disease. People who have had gonorrhea and have been treated can become infected again if they have sexual contact with a partner infected with gonorrhea. If symptoms continue even after receiving treatment, you should see a doctor again.


Last Updated On October, 29, 2012