What is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is an STI affecting both men and women, typically spread through oral, anal, or vaginal sex. It rarely produces noticeable symptoms in those who have it.
Unfortunately, gonorrhea can be contracted by a newborn at birth if their mother carries it. Subsequent complications include an eye infection, eye discharge, and a strong sensitivity to bright lights.
When diagnosed in adults, gonorrhea tends to attack the rectum, urethra, throat, or cervix. It’s estimated that more than 1.1 million new cases arise every year in the U.S.
Abstinence, being in a committed and monogamous relationship, and regularly using condoms seem to be the best methods of prevention for gonorrhea and several other STIs.