Most people who have gonorrhea do not have symptoms. If they do happen, they may appear 1 to 14 days after exposure. In some cases, they do not happen for a month.
Men may have:
- Discharge from the penis
- Burning while urinating
- Itching in the urethra
Women may have:
- Burning while urinating
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Belly pain
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
Rectal symptoms in both men and women are:
- Painful stools
Gonorrhea can cause serious health problems in both men and women. You will need to seek care.
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Untreated gonorrhea can cause severe infections in:
Gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics. Some strains have resisted this them. You and your doctor will work together to find one that works for you.
All of your sex partners should be tested and treated. Do not have sex until you and your partners are done with treatment and symptoms are gone.
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