Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in North America. Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The infection can affect mucous linings in the vagina, cervix, penis, rectum, throat, and eyes. In rare cases, if can affect other parts of the body.
In 2010, nearly 12,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported in Canada.
People having sex without the use of condoms are more likely to acquire this infection, as are people who have multiple sexual partners.