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Causes of Gonorrhea

Unravel the secrets of gonorrhea by exploring its underlying causes, symptoms, and prevention strategies in this informative article.

  • 11 Oct 2023
  • 3 min read

Gonorrhoea is an incredibly common yet often underrated sexually transmitted infection (STI). With millions of people worldwide estimated to get infected annually, it's one of the most prevalent conditions in our society - however, those who suffer from its telltale symptoms don't always receive adequate support or recognition. Although there is a wide range of risk factors associated with developing gonorrhoea, understanding what puts you at an increased risk can help you stay safe and healthy. To gain a better grasp on some of the primary causes, let’s take a look at the causes of gonorrhoea.


How is Gonorrhoea Caused?

Gonorrhoea is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The bacteria is colloquially known as the clap. Gonorrhoea is a condition that can affect individuals of any age or gender who are sexually active. It can be transmitted during

  • Oral, anal or vaginal intercourse
  • Childbirth: There is a risk of transmitting gonorrhoea infection to the newborn baby


Those identified as male at birth are more inclined to exhibit symptoms if infected with gonorrhoea. However, it's important to note that signs of infection may not become evident until several weeks after initial exposure, creating the possibility of unwittingly transmitting the disease to sexual partners.


Other risk factors of gonorrhoea include:

  • Having multiple sexual partners
  • Having had a prior sexually transmitted disease
  • Practising unsafe sexual intercourse

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Symptoms commonly observed in individuals assigned male at birth may encompass:

- Discharge from the penis, varying in colour from white, yellow, to green.

- Painful or severe burning sensation during urination (dysuria).

- Testicular pain and swelling.



Gonorrhoea is a widespread sexually transmitted infection. Gonorrhoea is primarily transmitted through sexual contact and can be asymptomatic in many cases, especially in individuals assigned female at birth. Regardless of symptoms, understanding the causes of gonorrhoea are vital to prevent transmission. Informing sexual partners and seeking medical intervention through healthcare providers or sexual health centres is crucial in managing and curbing the spread of gonorrhoea. Also, ensure that you have a health insurance plan in place to safeguard yourself against any financial stress.

Disclaimer: The above blog aims to provide general information about health and related topics. Any information provided in this blog, website or in any linked materials is not intended and should not be considered, or used as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is important that you contact your Doctor before starting a new medicine or health regime.

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