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What is gonorrhea?

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Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). You get it from having sex with someone who is infected with it. Some people call it “the clap.” Gonorrhea usually causes pain and other symptoms in your genital tract, but it can also cause problems in your rectum, throat, eyes, or joints. Both men and women can get it, though men get it more often than women.

From: Gonorrhea WebMD Medical Reference

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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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