What is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a common STD or sexually-transmitted disease, that is caused by a bacterium. Also known as the clap, it can infect males and females and thrive in the reproductive tract, as well as in the eyes, throat, skin, rectum, blood, and joints.

How can a person contract gonorrhea?

There are many different ways to contract this STD, including:

- unprotected anal, oral, or vaginal sex
- sharing of sex toys
- from an infected mother to her infant during childbirth

Does gonorrhea have an incubation period?

In some cases, gonorrhea does not trigger visible symptoms right away since it has an incubation period that lasts between one to 14 days.

What are the common gonorrhea symptoms?

Here are the most common signs and symptoms of gonorrhea to watch out for:

In men:

- pain when urinating
- unusual discharge from the penis tip
- itchiness in the anus
- inflammation of the testicles

In women:

- foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- lower abdominal or pelvic pains
- pain when urinating
- itchiness in the anus