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What is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted bacteria that is cured with antibiotics.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Most people have no symptoms, but those who do can have:

  • A discharge coming from the penis or vagina
  • Burning while urinating
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Bleeding after sex (female)
  • Pain during sex
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods
  • Itching down the urethra (urinary tube) for males
  • Pain or swelling in the testicles

How is it spread?

Gonorrhea is spread by sexual contact (unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex) with an infected person.

How is it prevented?

Gonorrhea can be prevented by:

  • Abstaining from sexual activity.
  • Both you and your partner being tested at the beginning of your relationship.
  • Using condoms every time you have sex.

Where can I be tested?

When can I have sex again?

You can have sex once you and your partner(s) have been treated and tested negative, about four weeks after you start treatment.