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WHAT IS IT?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can infect both men and women. It can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24 years. Any sexually active person can be infected with gonorrhea. In the United States, the highest reported rates of infection are among sexually active teenagers, young adults, and African Americans. A pregnant woman can pass gonorrhea to her child which can cause blindness, joint infection or life-threatening blood infection in the baby.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Pain while urinating
- White, yellow, green urethral discharge
- In men may complain of testicular or scrotal pain
- Can be mistaken for bladder or vaginal infection in women
- Increased vaginal discharge and bleeding between periods
- Anal itching
- Painful bowel movements