Gonorrhea is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
A person can get infected with gonorrhea by having any kind of sexual contact with an infected person. It can also be spread from an untreated mother to her baby during childbirth.
The bacteria can grow and multiply quickly in moist, warm areas of the body such as the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes in women, and in urethra in both the sexes. It can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes or rectum.
People who are more likely to develop this infection are-
- Those with multiple sexual partners.
- If one of the partner has a past history of any sexually transmitted infection.
- People whose indulge in unsafe sex and do not use a condom during sex.
- Those who indulge in alcohol or use illegal substances.