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What is Gonorrhea ?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease characterized by painful urination and abnormal discharge from the genital area. It is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae that is usually transmitted via contact with the mouth, vagina, penis or anus during sexual activities. People who engage in unprotected sex and have multiple sex partners are at a higher risk of gonorrhea. Symptoms usually appear 2-5 days after infection but men may present symptoms until a month later. Women usually present no symptoms as compared to men. Although gonorrhea affects mainly the genital area, it can also spread to other organs, such as rectum, eye, throat and joints, causing anal itching, eye pain, sore throat and joint pain. A baby may also suffer from gonorrhea when born to a mother who has this condition. Gonorrhea usually affects the eyes of the baby, causing symptoms, such as sensitivity to the eye and pus-like discharge from the eyes. People suffering from gonorrhea are usually treated with antibiotics. Prompt treatment is required as this condition can lead to other serious complications, such as pelvic inflammatory disease in women and kidney failure in men.
The cause of Gonorrhea is not known or still under medical review.
The risk of Gonorrhea is not known or still under medical review.

Gonorrhea may result in the following complications:

  • Loss of vision
  • Chronic joint pain
The prevention of Gonorrhea is not known or still under medical review.
The treatment(s) of Gonorrhea is not known or still under medical review.
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