Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacterium Neisseria gonorrhea.
Most cases are in young adults under 25 years of age.
Over the years, gonorrhea has become harder to treat because there are more drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea in many parts of the world and Canada.
Gonorrhea is spread through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex with an infected person. A pregnant woman with gonorrhea can pass the infection to the baby during pregnancy or childbirth.
- Many persons who are infected with gonorrhea do not know it because they don't have symptoms.
- Symptoms can occur in different parts of the body where the infection is (genitals, throat, rectum)
- Males who have symptoms may have pain or burning when peeing or white, yellow or green discharge from the penis. Sometimes they may have painful or swollen testicles.
- Females who have symptoms may have different vaginal discharge, pain during sex, pain or burning when peeing or pelvic pain.
- Females may have spotting between periods or after sex.
- Infections in the throat do not usually cause symptoms.
- Symptoms of rectal infections may include discharge, anal itching, soreness, bleeding or painful bowel movements.
Symptoms may appear 2-7 days after contact.