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What is gonorrhea?

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What is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Gonorrhea is Neisseria gonorrhoeae to grow a bacterium that can multiply and easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive organs, including the causes of the cervix (opening of the womb), uterus (womb) and fallopian tubes (egg canals) in women and in the urethra (urine canal) in women and men. The bacterium can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus.

How common is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a very common infectious disease. CDC estimates that more than 700,000 people receive in the U.S. new gonorrheal infections each year. Only about half of these infections are reported to the CDC. In the year 2006 358.366 cases of gonorrhea were reported to the CDC. In the period 1975 to 1997, the national gonorrhea rate declined, following the implementation of the national gonorrhea control program in the mid-1970s. After several years of stable gonorrhea rates, but the national gonorrhea rate increased for the second year in a row. In 2006, the rate of reported gonorrheal infections was 120.9 per 100,000 persons.

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