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03/22/24 Public Health Education Topic: Gonorrhea

Per the CDC:

Gonorrhea is an STD that can cause infection in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is very common, especially among young people ages 15-24 years.

Gonorrhea often has no symptoms, but it can cause serious health problems, even without symptoms.

Most women with gonorrhea do not have any symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they are often mild and can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Symptoms in women can include:

  • Painful or burning sensation when peeing;

  • Increased vaginal discharge; and

  • Vaginal bleeding between periods.

Men who do have symptoms may have:

  • A burning sensation when peeing;

  • A white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis; and

  • Painful or swollen testicles (although this is less common).

Rectal infections may either cause no symptoms or cause symptoms in both men and women that may include:

  • Discharge;

  • Anal itching;

  • Soreness;

  • Bleeding; and

  • Painful bowel movements.

See your healthcare provider if you notice any of these symptoms. You should also see a provider if your partner has an STD or symptoms of one. Symptoms can include an unusual sore, a smelly discharge, burning when peeing, or bleeding between periods.

To learn more visit: STD Facts - Gonorrhea (



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