By Dilyn Becker

What is an STD?

An STD is a disease spread through body fluids by having sex that involves the mouth, anus, anus, vagina, or penis with someone who has an STD. They can be treated and some can be cured, but they can also be fatal.


Gonorrhea is very contagious and one of the oldest diseases. It's a bacterial infection of the genitals, anus, or throat. About 300,000 new cases are reported each year. The highest rates are among women age 15 to 24 and men aged 20 to 24. Men experience pus-like discharge from the penis, pain or burning feeling while urinating, and more frequent urination than usual. Women experience abdominal pain, bleeding between menstrual periods, fevers, menstrual irregularities, painful intercourse, painful urination, swilling of the vulva, the urge to urinate more than usual, throwing up, and yellowish vaginal discharge.


1. Is there a treatment for gonorrhea? Yes, you can be prescribed certain antibiotics

2. How is it spread? It is spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. It can also be spread from a mother to her fetus during birth.

3. What happens if gonorrhea goes untreated? Women could suffer from pelvic inflammatory disease while men could suffer from swelling of the testicles and penis. Both sexes may suffer from arthritis, skin problems, and other organ infections.

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