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Gonorrhea or gonorrheae is an infection caused by a sexually transmitted bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae that infect both males and females. Gonorrhea most often affects the urethra, rectum, or throat. In females, gonorrhea can also infect the cervix. If they left untreated, it may spread locally causing epididymitis or pelvic inflammatory disease or trough the body, affecting joints and heart valves.

Most people contract gonorrhea during sex. But babies can be infected during childbirth if their mothers are infected. In babies, gonorrhea most commonly affects the eyes.

Gonorrhea is a common infection, and in some cases, causes no symptoms. You may not even know that you’re infected. Abstaining from sex, using a condom if you do have sex and being in a mutually monogamous relationship are the best ways to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

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