Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection caused by contact with body fluids through unprotected vaginal, anal, and oral sex. It is one of the most common STIs among young people.
You may feel abnormal vaginal discharge (most common), abdominal pain, bleeding between periods, pain during urination or sex, or frequent urination. However, many women never have symptoms.
Urine test and vaginal, throat, or rectum swab.
Antibiotics. You and your partner(s) must be treated to prevent re-infection.
Gonorrhea can cause infertility, pelvic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, arthritis, skin rash, and may increase chances of getting HIV.
Know if your partner is infected before having sex. Abstinence is the only way to prevent it 100%. Use a latex, polyurethane, or polyisoprene condom every time you have sex. Don’t forget that you can get it through oral sex too.