What is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It’s caused by a bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae that can result in several clinical syndromes including urogenital, pharyngeal, and rectal infections in males and females, and conjunctivitis in adults and neonates. If untreated, gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), tubal infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain.
Who can be affected with Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea can infect both men and women.. It is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-29 years and who are sexually active. Men and women of other ages can also get infected if they have had unprotected sex. About 820,000 people have been reported to be infected with Gonorrhea in the United States in recent years.