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This is an infection caused by sexually bacterium, affecting both males and females. Gonorrhea most often affects the urethra, rectum or throat. In females, gonorrhea can also infect the cervix.

Gonorrhea spreads through semen or vaginal fluids during unprotected sexual contact, heterosexual or homosexual, with an infected partner. The following are some of the ways through which it can spread:

  • Vaginal/ Anal sex with infected partner.
  • Oral sex (less common).
  • Sharing sex toys.
  • Very close physical contact.
  • From a mother to her baby at the time of birth.
  • Touching private parts and then other parts of one’s body.

Gonorrhea’s usual symptoms in men are painful urination, pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis and pain or swelling in one testicle. For women symptoms may be increased vaginal discharge, painful urination, vaginal bleeding between periods, such as after vaginal intercourse, abdominal pain or pelvic pain.

Gonorrhea can affect the rectum, eyes, throat & joints as well