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Gonorrhea

What is gonorrhea?
Where is gonorrhea found?
What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?
How is gonorrhea spread?
How can I keep from getting gonorrhea?
If I’ve been exposed to gonorrhea, how long will it take for symptoms to develop?
What treatments are available for gonorrhea? How serious is the disease?
How many cases of gonorrhea have been reported in Northern Kentucky?
Where can I get more information on gonorrhea?

What is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a bacterium that can grow easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract.

Where is gonorrhea found?
Gonorrhea is found throughout the world. In the United States, cases are most prevalent in sexually active teenagers, young adults and African Americans.

What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?
Most men and women who are infected with gonorrhea have no symptoms, but some do.

The symptoms of gonorrhea can include: burning sensation when urinating, unusual discharge, unusual bleeding,, itching, soreness and painful bowel movements.
 
How is gonorrhea spread?
Gonorrhea is spread through sexual contact. Gonorrhea can also be  spread from mother to child during pregnancy.

How can I keep from getting gonorrhea?

If I’ve been exposed to gonorrhea, how long will it take for symptoms to develop?
The initial symptoms of gonorrhea can occur between one day and 14 days after exposure.
 
What treatments are available for gonorrhea? How serious is the disease?
Several antibiotics can successfully cure gonorrhea, although drug resistant strains of gonorrhea are increasing around the world, including the United States.

If gonorrhea goes untreated, it can cause severe and permanent health problems in both men and women, including infertility.

How many cases of gonorrhea have been reported in Northern Kentucky?
In 2012, there were 332 cases of gonorrhea reported in Northern Kentucky (Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties).

Where can I get more information on gonorrhea?
For more information online, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or  for more information and testing for gonorrhea, please call a county health center.

Sources: Northern Kentucky Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention