You have an infection in the urethra (the channel in the penis that passes urine). This is caused by a bacteria called "Gonorrhea." This infection is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is highly contagious and passed by sexual contact with an infected partner. Less often, it can infect the mouth, throat and anus.

Symptoms begin within seven days after exposure. They usually include a milky discharge from the penis and burning during urination. Many women with this infection will have only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all early in the disease.

This infection can be treated and cured. Treatment is with antibiotic medicine.


  1. Your sexual partner needs to be treated even if there are no symptoms. Your partner should contact their own doctor or go to an urgent care clinic or the Public Health Department to be examined and treated.

  2. Avoid sexual activity until both you and your partner have completed all antibiotic medicine, and you have been told by your doctor that you are no longer contagious.

  3. Take all antibiotic medicine as directed until it is finished. Otherwise, symptoms may recur.

  4. Learn about “safe sex” practices and use these in the future. The safest sex is with a partner who has tested negative and only has sex with you. Condoms offer protection from spreading some sexually transmitted diseases including Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and HIV, but are not a guarantee.

FOLLOW UP with your doctor or as advised by our staff. If a culture test was taken, you may call us in three days for the results, or as directed. Another culture test should be taken 4-6 weeks after treatment to be sure the infection has cleared. Follow up with your doctor or the Public Health Department for complete STD screening, including HIV testing. For more information about STD's, contact the National STD Hotline: 1-800-232-4636.

GET PROMPT MEDICAL ATTENTION if any of the following occur: