What is Gonorrhea?

Also called the "clap" or "drip," gonorrhea is a contagious disease transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person. The bacteria could spread to the throat, anus, penis or vagina.


Gonorrhea could spread by contact with infected bodily fluids. A mother could pass the infection to her newborn during childbirth. The infection is easily spread and occurs most often in people who have many sex partners and unprotected sex.


Not all people infected with gonorrhea have symptoms, so knowing when to seek treatment can be tricky. When symptoms do occur, they are often within two to 10 days after exposure, but they can take up to 30 days to develop and include the following:

Gonorrhea symptoms in women

• Greenish yellow or whitish discharge from the vagina or penis
• Abdominal or pelvic pain
• Burning when urinating
• Conjunctivitis (red, itchy eyes)
• Bleeding between periods
• Swelling of the vulva (vulvitis)
• Burning in the throat (due to oral sex)
• Swollen glands in the throat (due to oral sex)
• Testicular pain or inflamed testicles

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