Gonorrhea: Symptoms & Treatment

Live Science | 7/16/2018 | Staff
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Gonorrhea is the second most common sexually transmitted disease reported to the U.S. government behind chlamydia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Gonorrhea, also referred to by the slang term "the clap," affects both men and women, and can cause infections in the genitals, rectum and throat. It is caused by a bacterium, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which is typically spread when an infected person has vaginal, anal or oral sex. In addition, a pregnant woman with untreated gonorrhea can transmit the infection to her baby during childbirth.

Cases - Gonorrhea - CDC - Agency - Infections

More than 468,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported to the CDC in 2016, although the agency estimates that about 820,000 new infections may actually occur each year in the United States.

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The number of actual cases of gonorrhea in the United States may be much higher than what gets reported to the CDC because the infection may be underdiagnosed in women, who, in about 50 percent of cases where the bacteria has infected the cervix, may not have any symptoms of the disease, said Dr. Lindley Barbee, an infectious disease specialist at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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Rates of gonorrhea in the United States have been rising, partly due to changes in testing methods that are picking up more cases and also due to an increasing number of infections seen in men having...
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