Gonorrhea is a very common sexually transmitted infection (STI), especially among people age 15 to 24. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 700,000 persons in the U.S. get new gonorrheal infections each year.
Gonorrhea is caused by [ital] Neisseria gonorrhoeae [end ital]. This bacterium grows and multiplies easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract and other body parts, including the:
- Cervix (opening to the womb).
- Uterus (womb).
- Fallopian tubes (egg canals).
- Urethra (urine canal) in both men and women.
- Mouth and throat.