Gonorrhea, also known as "the clap", is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria (Neisseria gonorrhoeae). Gonorrhea is transmitted through all forms of sexual intercourse and may often be passed on at the same time as the STD of chlamydia. Alarmingly, according to the Center for Disease Control, it is estimated there are more than 700,000 people infected with gonorrhea annually in America. Though it is curable, if left untreated, it can cause severe complications.
Gonorrhea — Rates of Reported Cases by Age Group and Sex, United States, 2017
Gonorrhea is passed from one person to another during sexual activities, including:
Gonorrhea can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby if the infant is born via vaginal delivery.
Yes. Gonorrhea is easily treated with a course of antibiotics.
Bacterial. Gonorrhea is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium.
Antibiotics. A single Cefixime, Ceftriaxone, or Cephalosporin.
Upto 1 week. One to two weeks can be needed for symptoms to fully disappear.
No. Sexual activity should be avoided until treatment is successful.
Yes. Re-infection is possible from sexual activity with an infected person.