What is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is an infection women can get in their cervix. Women
and men can also get gonorrhea in the urethra, throat or anus. At
first, you may not feel sick, but later it can cause serious problems.
Some people have no signs or symptoms of the infection.
Women may have some of these signs:
- Pain or tenderness in your abdomen or pelvis
- Pain during sex
- Increased discharge from your vagina
Men may have some of these signs:
- Yellow, white or green discharge from your penis
- Painful or swollen testicles
Women and men may have some of these signs:
- Pain or burning when you urinate
- Sore throat
- Painful bowel movements
How did I get it?
You got gonorrhea by having sex with someone who had it. You
can get it in your throat if you have oral sex with someone who has
it. You can't tell by looking at someone if they have gonorrhea. The
only way to know you have this infection is to be tested by a health
What should I do?
Your Family PACT provider will give you medicine that will cure
gonorrhea. Your provider may also want to test you for other
sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You can have more than one
STI at a time.
What else do I need to know?
Follow all of your Family PACT provider's Instructions.
- You and your sexual partner(s) must get treated.
- Ask your Family PACT provider how you can get your
- Your provider may write a prescription for your partner(s).
- Do not have sex with anyone until you and your partner(s)
have been treated.
- If you get a body rash, call your clinic right away.
- If you have problems breathing, call 911.
Return to the clinic.
- Your Family PACT provider will ask you to come back to the
clinic in 3 months to be checked for a new infection.
Why should I get treated?
Gonorrhea is a serious disease.
- If you don't get treated, you can give it to sexual partners.
- If you are pregnant, gonorrhea could cause your baby to
If you don't get treated, women may:
- Have an infection of your tubes called Pelvic Inflammatory
- Have pain in your pelvis during sex for months or years.
If you don't ge treated, women and men may:
- Be unable to have children later on.
- Have gonorrhea spread to your blood and joints.
Early antibiotic treatment will cure gonorrhea and
help prevent these problems.
- It's important that your partner(s) get treated for
gonorrhea. If your partner isn't treated, you can get infected
- Use a male or female condom when you have sex. Your
Family PACT provider can give you condoms and explain how
to use them.
- Ask your Family PACT provider about getting an HIV test.
- Ask your provider where you can get vaccines that help
protect against Hepatitis B and HPV infections.