Gonorrhea left untreated can cause serious symptoms in men and women.

What is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria. It can infect both men and women. It can cause infection in the genitals, rectum and throat.

What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?

Many people with gonorrhea have no symptoms and can spread the infection to others without knowing it.

Some women with gonorrhea may experience:

Some men with gonorrhea may experience:

You should be examined by a health care provider right away if you or your sexual partner has any symptoms of gonorrhea infection.

How is gonorrhea spread?

Gonorrhea is passed from person to person during oral, vaginal or anal sex. It can also be transmitted from an infected mother to her baby during childbirth.

How is gonorrhea diagnosed?

*Testing and treatment of your recent sexual partner(s) is recommended whether they have symptoms or not.

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How is gonorrhea treated?

Gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics that are prescribed by a health care provider.

Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious health problems in both men and women.

How is gonorrhea prevented?

Follow these tips to help minimize your risk of getting infected with gonorrhea:

Testing for gonorrhea and other STIs, plus other sexual health services, is available at our Elm Place office in Sudbury and through our offices in Chapleau, Espanola, Sudbury East and on Manitoulin Island. For more information phone 705.522.9200 or call us toll-free at 1.866.522.9200.



This item was last modified on October 8, 2020