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Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacterium. The bacterium called gonococcal in Canada, its Latin name is Neisseria gonorrhea. The number of patients with gonorrhea have increasing in recent decades. The disease is seen most commonly in young people between 15 and 24 years.
Gonorrhea is transmitted mainly through sexual contact.
Pregnant with gonorrhea can infect the baby at birth. Children who become infected in this way you get a sharp eye inflammation. This can lead to blindness if the child does not receive treatment. Previously congenital gonorrhea the most common cause of blindness in the Western world. To prevent this, dropped one eye on newborns with lapis (silver nitrate). This form of prevention is no longer used today.
About. half of all women who are infected have no symptoms. In men it is about 1/3 that do not develop symptoms.
In both sexes, one can see an infection with gonococci throat. As a rule, such an infection no symptoms, but some develop a fever.
By anal sex can get a gonococcal infection in the rectum. Such infection may be entirely asymptomatic, but can also be developed to a very painful condition with bloody discharge from the rectum.