Unfortunately, there are new strains of gonorrhea that have become resistant to various antibiotics, including penicillins, and are therefore more difficult to treat.
Fortunately, gonorrhea can still be treated by other injectable or oral medications.
In the past, the treatment of uncomplicated gonorrhea was fairly simple.
A single injection of penicillin cured almost every infected person.
Sexual contact includes kissing, oral-genital contact, and the use of sexual "toys," such as vibrators.
(The cervix is the end of the uterus that protrudes into the vagina.) It can also live in the tube (urethra) through which urine drains from the bladder.
Gonorrhea can also exist in the back of the throat (from oral-genital contact) and in the rectum.
It cannot live outside the body for longer than a few minutes, nor can it live on the skin of the hands, arms, or legs.
It survives only on moist surfaces within the body and is found most commonly in the vagina, and, more commonly, the cervix.
Gonorrheal infection of the Fallopian tubes can lead to a serious, painful infection of the pelvis known as pelvic inflammatory disease or PID.