Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It has many
nicknames such as “the drip” or “the clap”. More than half a million cases are reported in the
United States each year, though the actual number of cases is likely much higher, since most
women and men with gonorrhea have no symptoms. Gonorrhea is caused by bacteria (neisseria gonorrhoeae) and can
infect the genitals, rectum, or throat. Often, people infected with gonorrhea are also infected
with chlamydia. Once diagnosed, gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics.