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What is gonorrhea?

It’s a bacterial infection that lives on the warm and wet lining inside your pee hole, vagina, butt hole or throat. Gonorrhea is treatable, but you can get it over and over again. It often shows no symptoms, the only way to know if you have chlamydia is to get tested.

What does gonorrhea look like?

It often doesn’t look like anything, this is called being asymptomatic. Depending on what parts of your body you use during sex, Gonorrhea may look different for different people. If you use a penis during sex it may feel like burning when you pee, painful/swollen balls, or a white/yellow/green goo coming out of your penis. If you use a vagina during sex it may feel like burning when you pee, increased discharge from your vagina, or bleeding between periods. When you use your butt hole during sex it may look like a discharge or bleeding from your butt hole, a sore or itchy butt hole, or pain when you poop.

How do you get gonorrhea?

When the warm and wet lining of your pee hole, vagina, butt hole or throat comes in contact with those parts on a partner, or any of the fluids from those areas(not just cum), Gonorrhea can be shared. This usually happens during vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex or any combination of the three.

How do I know if I have gonorrhea? 

Order an Ash STI Testing Kit!

Gonorrhea often looks like nothing at all, this is why it is so good at getting around, the only way to know if you have it is to get an STI test.  Gonorrhea can live in any of the warm and wet parts of your body you use during sex, so it is important that you check each place you use. That’s why we offer multi-site testing

What do I do if me or my partner has gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is easily treatable. In fact it usually just requires a short course of medication from a doctor. If you test positive for chlamydia, we can even help you find a doctor.

It is important to communicate with your partners so that they can take care of themselves as well. It is also a good idea to be thoughtful about how you engage sexually and whether you share your infection with others through direct contact to your sexy areas or their fluids. 

We get it though, these are tough conversations, which is why you can also send your friends or partners a kit through us anonymously. Communication is key folks.

Ready to learn more? Gonorrhea – CDC Fact Sheet