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Indiana State Department of Health

HIV/AIDS in Indiana > Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) > GONORRHEA GONORRHEA

WHAT IS IT?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). You can get it from having sex (vaginal, anal or oral) with someone who has gonorrhea. It can be cured with the right medicine.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

A white, yellow or green drip from your penis, vagina or anus.

It may also burn or hurt to pee. You may have these signs two days to a few weeks after sex with someone who has gonorrhea. Women may also feel pain in the lower belly.

Many people with gonorrhea don't have any of these signs. They don't know they are sick. But they can still give gonorrhea to anyone they have sex with.

IF NOT TREATED

Gonorrhea is a serious disease. If you don't get treated, it can spread in your body. Both men and women may not be able to have children. If you are pregnant, your baby can be born sick with gonorrhea.

HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE IT

Go to a clinic or a doctor right away to get checked.

If you have gonorrhea, you will be given medicine at the clinic. Tell your sex partner(s) that they may have gonorrhea and need to get checked. Don't have sex until both you and your partner(s) are treated.

PROTECT YOURSELF!

If you have sex, using a latex condom (rubber) is the best way to protect yourself from STDs. Limit your number of sex partners. The more people you have sex with, the greater your chance of getting an STD. If you have sex with more than one partner, get an STD exam every 6 months.

For more information and clinic locations

Call the National STD/HIV InfoLine

1-800-342-AIDS

Indiana State Department of Health

Adapted from the Los Angeles County STD Program