Find out whether or not you have Gonorrhea and what STD test is recommended using our personalized symptom checker.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that mostly affects warm and moist areas of the body like urethra, rectum or throat in both men and women. In women, it can also infect the cervix. It usually transfers from one person to another through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex. Habits like excessive alcoholism and intravenous drug abuse also increase the likelihood of infection.
Gonorrhea causes long-term complications in women like the pelvic inflammatory disease, scarring of fallopian tubes and the cervix, and increased chances of ectopic pregnancy. In males, it can cause scarring of the urethra and painful abscess in the penis. Besides these local complications, gonorrhea can also cause remote complications like arthritis, meningitis and heart valve damage. According to a CDC report, the incidence of gonorrhea in the United States is increasing and a total of 350,062 cases was reported in 2017. Take the following quiz to find out if you need to get tested for gonorrhea infection.
Yes. Gonorrhea is easily treated with a course of antibiotics.
Bacterial. Gonorrhea is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium.
Antibiotics. A single Cefixime, Ceftriaxone, or Cephalosporin.
Upto 1 week. One to two weeks can be needed for symptoms to fully disappear.
No. Sexual activity should be avoided until treatment is successful.
Yes. Re-infection is possible from sexual activity with an infected person.