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Gonorrhea

What is it?

Once known as the Clap or the Drip, gonorrhea is a bacterial infection contracted during sexual contact. The vagina, cervix, penis, anus, and throat can all be infected.

What are the symptoms?

Like many other STDs, there are often no signs of infection. If symptoms do appear, it’s most common for women to experience abdominal pain, fever, frequent urges to urinate, painful urination, and yellowish vaginal discharge, These symptoms start between 24 hours and two weeks after infection. Men with gonorrhea may have pain or burning during urination, frequent urination, and pus-like discharge from the penis. Symptoms are most likely to appear only in the morning.

How is it spread?

You can’t get gonorrhea through casual contact like kissing; it’s spread through oral sex and vaginal and anal intercourse.

How is it diagnosed?

A swab test of the discharge is most common; urine tests are also available to test for gonorrhea.

How is it treated?

Antibiotics can clear the infection.

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