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How can I get gonorrhea?

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You can get gonorrhea from any kind of sexual contact, including:

As with other germs, you can get the bacterium that causes gonorrhea just from touching an infected area on another person. If you come into contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of someone carrying this bacterium, you can get gonorrhea.

These germs can’t live for more than a few seconds outside the body, so you can’t get this STD by touching objects like toilet seats or clothes. However, women who have gonorrhea can pass the disease on to their baby during a vaginal delivery. Babies born by C-section can’t get it from his or her mother.

  • Vaginal intercourse
  • Anal intercourse
  • Oral intercourse (both giving and receiving)

From: Gonorrhea WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Gonorrhea.”

Stanford Medicine: “Gonorrhea.”

CDC: “Gonorrhea: CDC Fact Sheet.”

American Sexual Health Association: “Gonorrhea.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Gonorrhea.”

Stanford Medicine: “Gonorrhea.”

CDC: “Gonorrhea: CDC Fact Sheet.”

American Sexual Health Association: “Gonorrhea.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 2, 2019

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