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Gonorrhea

Symptoms
Most women and many men who get it have no symptoms. For those who do get symptoms, the following can appear 2 to 10 days after infection:

- Discharge from the vagina or penis- Painful intercourse
- Pain or burning while urinating- Pelvic Pain
- Irritation in the genital area 

What it is: A bacterial infection of the genital area.

How many get it
Approximately 650,000 new cases a year; teens have higher rates of gonorrhea than do sexually active men and women aged 20-44.

How it's spread
Through unprotected vaginal, oral, or anal sex.

Treatment
Oral antibiotics. Both partners need to be treated at the same time to prevent passing the infection back and forth — and both partners need to abstain from intercourse until the infection is gone.

Possible consequences
PID, tubal (ectopic) pregnancy, sterility, increased risk of HIV infection. The infection can spread into the uterus and fallopian tubes. It can also cause complications during pregnancy (including stillbirth) or infant blindness or meningitis (from an infected mom during delivery).

Related Links

American Social Health Association
Gonorrhoea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

 

 

 

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