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Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that is spread through sexual contact. It's found most often in the genital area, but it can also infect other areas of your body, such as the rectum and the throat. It can spread from one partner to another during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Most people who have gonorrhea get symptoms within a few days after infection. But some people have no symptoms. Even if you don't have symptoms, you can still infect your sex partners.
Treatment is important. If gonorrhea isn't treated, it can spread to other parts of your body. And if you are not treated, you will infect everyone you have sex with.
It's easy to get gonorrhea again if you are not careful. It's a good idea to start thinking about prevention now. Not having sex is the best way to prevent any sexually transmitted infection.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
It's easier to prevent an STI than it is to treat one.
Vaccines are available for some STIs, such as HPV. Ask your doctor for more information.
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Current as of: February 26, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kevin C. Kiley MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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