Wanted: Gonorrhea

By: Sophie Stancil

What is Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection that tends to attack the mucous membranes of the body. It is the second most common STD in the U.S.


Some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. However, common symptoms in men include a burning sensation when urinating, anal itching, and an abnormal discharge from the penis. Woman with gonorrhea often do not have any symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they are often mild and can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Symptoms may include painful and frequent urination, abnormal vaginal discharge, genital itching, and lower abdominal pain.

To get it treated?

Gonorrhea is easily treated through antibiotics; however, the estimated cost of treating gonorrhea in the United States is $56 million each year


Gonorrhea can grow and multiply easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix , uterus, and fallopian tubes in women, and in the urethra in women and men.

5 interesting facts

  1. 60% of gonorrhea infections occur in people ages 15-24.
  2. Gonorrhea is highly infectious and according to the CDC up to 700,000 new cases are diagnosed yearly in the U.S.
  3. Sore throat may also be an indicator of a gonorrhea throat infection
  4. Gonorrhea can cause arthritis, infertility in men and women and can lead to something called "Pelvic Inflammatory Disease" in women.
  5. Teens have higher rates of getting/having gonorrhea