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Causes of Gonorrhea Infection

Gonorrhea, caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, spreads through unprotected sexual contact, infected partners, multiple sexual partners, vertical transmission, and anal intercourse.

  • 05 Mar 2024
  • 2 min read

Gonorrhea, an infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, is primarily transmitted through sexual contact. Several factors contribute to the spread of this sexually transmitted infection (STI). Let's take a look at the gonorrhoea causes:


What are The Causes of Gonorrhea Infection?


Given below are the causes of gonorrhea disease:


  • Unprotected Sexual Contact:

The common way to contract gonorrhea is through engaging in unprotected sexual activities like vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected partner.


  • Infected Sexual Partners:

Having contact with someone who is already infected with Neisseria gonorrhoeae significantly increases the chances of acquiring the infection.


  • Multiple Sexual Partners:

Engaging in sexual activities with more than one partner, especially without consistent and correct use of condom, raises the risk of exposure to not only gonorrhea but also other sexually transmitted infections.


  • Vertical Transmission:

During childbirth, infants born to mothers with gonorrhea can acquire the infection resulting in gonococcal infection.


  • Anal Intercourse:

Engaging in anal intercourse without protection can lead to contracting gonorrhea as the bacterium can infect the rectum.



Early detection through testing and timely medical intervention plays a significant role in effectively treating gonorrhea and minimising potential complications. Also, having health insurance plans in place gives you peace of mind and effective healthcare without burning a hole in your pocket.


Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your general physician or another certified medical professional for any questions regarding a medical condition. Relying on any information provided in this blog is solely at your own risk, and ICICI Lombard is not responsible for any effects or consequences resulting from the use of the information shared.



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