A certain type of bacteria causes gonorrhea, and primarily infects the penis or vagina, but the rectum, throat, or eyes can also get infected.
How Do You Get It
The bacteria that causes gonorrhea thrives in moist parts of the body such as the vagina, penis, eyes, throat, and rectum. You can contract gonorrhea by coming in contact with these parts of an infected person—that includes oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
What Are The Symptoms
Gonorrhea doesn’t show symptoms, and most people with it may not know that they have gonorrhea. It’s more likely that men have symptoms than women. Symptoms for men include a burning sensation when they pee, white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis, or painful and swollen testicles. Some women with gonorrhea may feel pain when they pee, or pain in their lower abdomen.
How Do You Know You Have It
Testing for gonorrhea is simple and painless—the doctor can do a urine test, or collect a swab sample from the vagina, cervix, urethra, rectum, or throat during a physical exam.
How To Get Rid Of It
The cure for gonorrhea is antibiotics. The doctor may prescribe you with pills, or you may be given an antibiotic shot and other medicines to take in the clinic.
To prevent spreading the infection to your partner(s), avoid having sex until you are finished taking all the antibiotics—your partner should also be tested and treated as well if necessary.
If you are given antibiotic pills, make sure you take all of them even if you already feel better. If not, the infection may not go away completely.