Gonorrhea Overview

Gonorrhea, also commonly known as ‘the clap’, is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacteria Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. This disease is one of the oldest known sexually transmitted disease in the United States and is the second most common STD next to Chlamydia. It also grows and likes to multiply in the mucous membrane of the body. It is commonly transmitted through the semen or vaginal fluids during any of the following activities:

  • Sexual intercourse (vaginal, anal, oral) with an infected partner
  • Sharing of sex toys
  • Touching the sex organs then touching other parts of the body such as the eyes or mouth
  • Hand to hand contact (hand infected with the bacteria)

gonorrhea overviewGonorrhea can also be passed from a pregnant mother to her child during birth and cause complications to the baby. It is best to consult a health care provider to lessen the risks and complication of the mother and the baby.

Gonorrhea is not transmitted through kissing, sharing the towels, cup or toilet bowl of an infected person.

A person has a higher chance of acquiring gonorrhea if he or she has:

  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Unsafe sex (not using latex condoms correctly)
  • Past or present partner positive for gonorrhea

This disease mostly affects a specific group of people in the United States:

  • Teens and young adults
  • Lesbians, gays, and bisexuals
  • Drug users
  • African Americans
  • Urban poor

Once a person is infected with these bacteria, it affects specifically the sex organs, anus, mouth and throat, eyes, and skin.