Gonorrhea

Welcome to disease section for gonorrhea

Gonorrhea can have serious impacts on reproductive and overall health if left untreated. In women, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. In men, it can cause epididymitis. It can also increase the risk of HIV transmission and can have serious complications if it spreads to the blood or joints.

Treatment options for gonorrhea include antibiotics such as ceftriaxone and azithromycin, which are usually given as a single injection or oral dose. It is important to also be tested and treated for other sexually transmitted infections. Follow-up testing is recommended to ensure the infection is fully cleared.

Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae and is primarily spread through sexual contact. Risk factors include having multiple sexual partners, unprotected sex, and a history of other sexually transmitted infections. It can also be spread from mother to baby during childbirth.