Is Gonorrhea Contagious?
Transmission of Gonorrhea from Person to Person
Gonorrhea is considered to be contagious between people.
Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route,
surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.
Gonorrhea, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Gonorrhea, can be transmitted:
- by sexual conduct between people.
- from the mother to her fetus.
Spread by sexual activity; sometimes from infected clothing or towels; also mother-to-infant transmission in childbirth.
Contagiousness properties for Gonorrhea:
Contagious by sex?:
Contagious by anal sex?:
Contagious by vaginal sex?:
Contagious from clothing?:
Contagious from towels?:
Contagious mother to baby during childbirth?:
Discussion about Contagion of Gonorrhea:
Gonorrhea: DSTD (Excerpt)
Gonorrhea is spread
through sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal). This includes penis-to-
vagina, penis-to-mouth, penis-to-anus, mouth-to-vagina, and mouth-to-anus
contact. Ejaculation does not have to occur for gonorrhea to be
transmitted or acquired. Gonorrhea can also be spread from mother to child
can spread to other unlikely parts of the body. For example, a person can
get an eye infection after touching infected genitals and then the eyes.
Individuals who have had gonorrhea and received treatment may get infected
again if they have sexual contact with persons infected with
gonorrhea. (Source: excerpt from Gonorrhea: DSTD)
Gonorrhea, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)
Gonorrhea is spread during sexual intercourse –
vaginal, oral, and anal. People who practice anal intercourse can
get gonorrhea of the rectum. Even women who do not engage in anal
intercourse can get gonorrhea of the rectum if the bacteria are
spread from the vaginal area.
Infected women can pass
gonorrhea to their newborn infants during delivery, causing eye
infections in their babies. This complication is rare because
newborn babies receive eye medicine to prevent infection. When the
infection occurs in the genital tract, mouth, or rectum of a child,
it is due most commonly to sexual abuse.
(Source: excerpt from Gonorrhea, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)
Lesbian-Health: NWHIC_1 (Excerpt)
There is no evidence at this time that gonorrhea, syphilis, or
chlamydia is sexually transmitted between women who are sexually active
with women, but large studies have not been done. The majority of lesbian
women are sexually exclusive with women (although 90% have been
heterosexually active at some time): however, there are some lesbians who
do have male partners, and this subpopulation of lesbians are at risk for
gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. (Source: excerpt from Lesbian-Health: NWHIC_1)
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Gonorrhea is possible from one person to another.
Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness",
"transmission" or "transmissability".
Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics
or inheriting diseases from parents.
For an overview of contagion,
see Introduction to Contagion.
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