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Gonorrhea is an infection caused by germs. It can affect a woman's cervix (the opening to the womb) and a man's penis. It also can affect the rectal area, throat, and eyes. You can get gonorrhea by having sex (vaginal, oral, or anal) with a person who has gonorrhea. Some people don't have any symptoms, and some have serious symptoms. It may take two to six days after having sex with someone who has gonorrhea before you have symptoms.

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What is gonorrhea?

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Gonorrhea is an infection caused by germs. It can affect a woman's cervix (the opening to the womb) and a man's penis. It also can affect the rectal area, throat, and eyes.

What is oral gonorrhea?

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Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Neisseria gonorrhoeae is an uncommon, sexually transmitted cause of acute pharyngitis seen in persons who practice recep-tive oral sex.

What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?

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If you are a woman, gonorrhea can cause vaginal discharge that has no smell. You may have vaginal bleeding and pain, especially during and after sex...

What are the risk factors for gonorrhea?

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Women and men under the age of 25 years including sexually active adolescents—are at highest risk for genital gonorrhea infection. Risk factors for gonorrhea include...

Gonorrhea in women

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In women, gonorrhea is a major cause of cervicitis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is a serious disease that can lead to ectopic pregnancy, infertility, and chronic pelvic pain.

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