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Gonorrhea: Symptoms, Causes and Risks

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Gonorrhea, an infection passed on through sexual contact, affects both male and female. The bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae can infect the urethra, rectum, throat and/or cervix. Babies, however, can be born infected due to having an infected mother.

Sometimes a person will not have symptoms. This is why if you are sexually active and engage in risky behaviors (having sex without a condom) it is important to be regularly tested for any sexually transmitted diseases (STD).

More importantly, however, it is advisable to be monogamous or at least use a condom to prevent any STDs, including gonorrhea.

But when having symptoms, if you are a man, they may include:

• Painful urination
• Pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis
• Pain or swelling in one testicle

But when having symptoms, if you are a woman, they may include:

• Increased vaginal discharge
• Painful urination
• Vaginal bleeding between periods


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Yes, abnormal vaginal discharge could be one of the symptoms of gonorrhea. Having protection by using either latex or polyurethane condoms during sexual intercourse can prevent a lot of STDs/STIs.

November 18, 2011 - 1:45am
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