Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease caused by bacterial infection. This infection can take place inside the urethras, throats, anal canals and eyes of both sexes, and the interior of the uterus and Fallopian tubes of the female. In addition, gonorrhea bacteria can enter into the bloodstream and infect the heart, liver, nervous system, joints and even the skin.
Gonorrhea symptoms vary, depending upon several factors, including where the bacteria was transmitted, how long the infection lasted, and whether the infection was contained or allowed to spread. A burning sensation during urination, and often the frequent need to urinate, is the most common symptom in males, along with a pus-like discharge from the penis. These symptoms normally take anywhere from two days to a week after exposure to the bacteria to begin. Performing oral sex on a partner with gonorrhea can result in infection of the throat. Symptoms include pain and a visible pus-like substance on the back of the throat. Anal sex can result in symptoms that include burning or itching in the anal canal, bleeding discharge, and painful bowel movement. Be aware, however, that in some cases males don’t develop any symptoms.