A curable STD caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Signs and symptoms
- Many people do not have symptoms.
- If symptoms occur, they usually appear between 2 -7 days after exposure, but may last up to 30 days.
- Abnormal discharge from penis/vagina
- Burning or pain while peeing
- Irritation around the anus; bleeding or painful bowel movements
- Soreness or swelling around top of penis
- Painful or swollen testicles
- Bleeding between menstrual periods
- Painful intercourse (women)
- Lower abdominal or back pain (women)
- Oral, anal or vaginal sex
- Infected mother to baby at vaginal birth
- Abstain from oral, anal and vaginal sex.
- Use condoms/barriers consistently and correctly during oral, anal or vaginal sex.
- Maintain a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested for gonorrhea and is not infected.
- Get early treatment for STDs.
- Get an infected partner treated.
- If a partner has gonorrhea, do not have sex with him/her until they complete treatment.
- See a health care provider for exam and tests to figure out the best treatment.
- Treatment is typically a shot given in a clinic and might also include pills prescribed by a health care provider.
- If pregnant, get a follow-up exam to make sure the treatment worked.
If not treated
- Can increase risk for getting HIV
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (women)
- Infertility (women)
- Ectopic (tubal) pregnancy
- Chronic pelvic pain
- During pregnancy:
- Premature delivery
- Low birth weight in newborns
- Eye and respiratory tract infections in newborns
Help stop the spread of gonorrhea
- Refrain from oral, anal or vaginal sex if you have symptoms
- Seek medical care, including STD tests
- Do not have sex until 7 days after you have completed treatment
- Take all medicines prescribed, even if your symptoms are gone
- Re-test in 3 months
- Make sure sex partners get treated
- Get yearly STD screenings if sexually active
- If you are pregnant, get tested for STDs/HIV
- Gonorrhea facts in PDF format
- Drug Resistant Gonorrhea in King County
- Gonorrhea facts, CDC
- Gonorrhea facts, Medline Plus
- Where to get tested for HIV/STDs
For King County health care providers:
- Azithromycin-Resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae in King County MSM (6/19/15)
- Gonorrhea is a notifiable condition in King County. Please see disease reporting requirements.
- Health advisories, resources and guidelines