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Gonorrhea is a common infection of the genitourinary tract specifically the urethra and cervix caused by the bacteria Nisseria gonorrhoeae About 1 million new infections are reported each year in the United States Young men aged 20 - 24 have the highest rate followed by those 15 to 19 years old In women the highest rate are in adolescents aged 15 - 19 years old It is also quite common to have both Gonorrhea and Chlamydia infections at the same time In 130 AD Galen named the condition Gonorrhea latin for flow of seeds because the condition was associated with urethral discharge in men Getting gonorrhea occurs following unprotected sexual contact with somebody who is already infected Children born to infected moms can get gonorrhea of the eyes during the babys passage through the birth canal MEN Though many infected males may not have any symptoms usually 3 - 6 days after infection one gets symptoms of urethritis inflammation of the urethra This includes BURNING WHEN PEEING GOING MORE OFTEN THAN NORMAL AND A PUS DISCHARGE FROM THE PENIS Other symptoms include a red and swollen meatus WOMEN Most infected women do not get symptoms though a greenish-yellow vaginal discharge may come from the cervix Other symptoms may include an itchy and red vulva The most dangerous aspect of this infection is in women who develop gonorrhea of the uterus and fallopian tubes This common cause of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease PID can lead to severe pain fever infection of the whole body infertility the inability to have children and even death Hows it Treated Gonorrhea used to be 100 curable with Penicillin Unfortunately because antibiotics have been used so commonly often given out for simple colds - where they dont do anything that the gonorrhea bacteria has developed RESISTANCE We now use a more potent antibiotic to cure gonorrhea Usually a
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