Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that is sexually transmitted and attacks the body’s mucous membranes. Aside from Chlamydia, it is the most widespread sexually transmitted disease (STD) in America. The highly-contagious bacteria of this disease live in the body cavities of both sexes, enjoying the warmth and moistness. The bacterium is called Neisseria gonorrhoeae and it grows and proliferates.
Gonorrhea can live in the penis, vagina, rectum, mouth, throat and eye. It can therefore be transmitted via sexual contact, kissing and rubbing the eyes. Those who get infected will also spread the bacteria to their other body parts and to those they have sexual contact with. The bad news is pregnant women with gonorrhea can also infect their babies with this disease during delivery.
If gonorrhea is untreated, it can lead to infertility and life-threatening bone and joint problems. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics for this disease. All medications prescribed by a physician must be followed religiously so as to cure this STD.