PUBLIC HEALTH FACT SHEET
What is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria Gonorrhea.
How is Gonorrhea spread?
Gonorrhea is spread through contact with a penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of a person infected with the disease. It can also be spread from an infected mother to her baby during birth.
How is Gonorrhea treated?
Gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics. It is important to take all medications as prescribed. Persons with gonorrhea should also be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases. All sex partners need to be notified and treated and sexual contact should be avoided until after treatment has been completed by all contacts.
How can we prevent Gonorrhea?
Abstinence from sexual activity is the best form of protection. Being in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and known to be uninfected is another form of prevention.
SYMPTOMS OF GONORRHEA
- Burning with urination
- White, yellow, or green discharge from the penis
- Painful or swollen testicles
- Painful or burning sensation with urination
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal bleeding between periods
- Anal itching
- Rectal soreness and bleeding
- Painful bowel movements