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Gonorrhea is an infection caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
It is spread during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. A pregnant woman may also pass the infection to her baby during delivery.
Anyone who has gonorrhea can pass it on, even without symptoms. Treatment is the only way to get rid of the infection.
Having a gonorrhea infection once doesn't protect you from getting another infection in the future. A new exposure to gonorrhea will cause reinfection. This can happen even if you were treated and cured before.