Gonorrhea is an infection caused by a sexually transmitted bacterium that infects both males and females. Gonorrhea most often affects the urethra, rectum or throat. In females, gonorrhea can also infect the cervix. Gonorrhea is most commonly spread during vaginal, oral or anal sex. But babies of infected mothers can be infected during childbirth. In babies, gonorrhea most commonly affects the eyes.
Abstaining from sex, using a condom if you have sex and being in a mutually monogamous relationship are the best ways to prevent sexually transmitted infections.
3 Major Symptoms To Look Out For
Gonorrhea affecting the genital tract
Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea infection in men include:
2.Pus-like discharge from the tip of the peni
3.Pain or swelling in one testicle
Gonorrhea at other sites in the body
Gonorrhea can also affect these parts of the body:
1.Rectum. Signs and symptoms include anal itching, pus-like discharge from the rectum, spots of bright red blood on toilet tissue and having to strain during bowel movements.
2.Eyes. Gonorrhea that affects your eyes can cause eye pain, sensitivity to light, and pus-like discharge from one or both eyes.
3.Throat. Signs and symptoms of a throat infection might include a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
4.Joints. If one or more joints become infected by bacteria (septic arthritis), the affected joints might be warm, red, swollen and extremely painful, especially during movement.