An infection of the bacteria, Neisseria gonorrhea, occurring in the cervix, penis, throat, rectum or even the eye.
Sexual contact. Gonorrhea can also be transmitted from a mother's vagina to her newborn's eyes causing blindness. This is commonly prevented in hospitals by putting a protective antibiotic solution in the infant's eyes as a general procedure.
10% of men and 50 to 80% of women with gonorrhea do not show symptoms until serious conditions develop accompanied by pelvic and/or abdominal pain. If left untreated in a woman, the infection will spread from the cervix into the pelvis, causing abscesses, scarring and blockage of the fallopian tubes leading to sterility. If left untreated in men, the infection will spread to the epididymis leading to sterility. If left untreated in either sex, the infection will eventually spread throughout the body, damaging the joints, throat and heart valves. So if you've had unprotected sex, you should get tested. If you find you have gonorrhea, you must let your sexual partners know so they can be treated before serious complications arise.
In men, symptoms first appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. In women, symptoms may not appear until 1 to 3 weeks after exposure. Once again symptoms may not occur at all. The possible symptoms are...
Because gonorrhea (like chlamydia) is difficult to detect in women, sexually active females should get a blood test for gonorrhea and chlamydia every three months. If symptoms do exist, a smear of discharge can be examined under the microscope by a physician.