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What is Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a STD that can be transmitted to both males and females. It causes infection to the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is usually contracted by people from ages 15-24. Some symptoms include a burning sensation when urinating, white, yellow, or green discharge from genitals. Rectal infection symptoms are itching, soreness, bleeding, and painful bowel movements. GONORRHEA SHOULD BE TREATED AS SOON AS YOU FEEL THE SYMPTOMS. Some consequences of untreated Gonorrhea in women, it can cause PID which can lead to infertility and Ectopic pregnancy. In men, untreated gonorrhea can lead to sterilization and can even spread to the blood or joints. Gonorrhea can be treated by injectable gentamicin in combination with oral azithromycin and oral gemifloxacin in combination with oral azithromycin. Other treatments include strong antibiotics such as:

  • Cipro® XR 500 mg a single dose, or

  • Levaquin® 500 mg a single dose, or

  • Tequin® 400 mg a single dose;o

Approximately 820,000 people in the US get gonorrhea each year. The CDC estimates that 570,000 of them were among young people 15-24 years of age. This is over half the people diagnosed.


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Things You Should Know About Gonorrhea

  • Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

  • In the United States, about 700,000 people get gonorrhea each year.

  • Gonorrhea can be passed from an infected mother to her baby during delivery.

  • Anyone who has intercourse can get gonorrhea.

  • Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems in both women and men.

  • People with gonorrhea can more easily contract HIV.

  • HIV-infected people with gonorrhea are more likely to spread HIV to someone else.

  • Several antibiotics can cure gonorrhea. However, drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea are increasing and successful treatment of gonorrhea is becoming more difficult.

  • Stop having intercourse and see a doctor immediately if you think you might have gonorrhea.
  • http://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/health-topics/gonorrhea-qfacts.php