Gonorrhea

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 can easily spread through fluids like semen or vaginal fluids that are exchanged during unprotected sexual contact, whether heterosexual or homosexual, with an infected partner. Following are the ways by which this infection can spread:

  • Vaginal/ Anal sex with infected partner.
  • Contact of private parts with other parts of one’s body Oral sex (less common).
  • Sharing sex toys.
  • Very close physical contact.
  • From a mother to her baby at the time of birth.
  • The usual symptoms of Gonorrhea’sin men are painful urination, pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis, pain or swelling in one testicle. For women, the symptoms are different that may be an increase in vaginal discharge,pain during urination, vaginal bleeding that occurs between periods, pain that occurs after vaginal intercourse, abdominal pain and pelvic pain. Gonorrhea also tends to affect the rectum, eyes, throat & joints as well.

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