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It is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24 years.

You can get gonorrhea by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has gonorrhea.

A pregnant woman with gonorrhea can give the infection to her baby during childbirth.

The only way to avoid STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

If you are pregnant and have gonorrhea, you can give the infection to your baby during delivery.

This can cause serious health problems for your baby.

If you are pregnant, it is important that you talk to your health care provider so that you get the correct examination, testing, and treatment, as necessary.

If you are sexually active, you can do the following things to lower your chances of getting gonorrhea: Any sexually active person can get gonorrhea through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

If you are sexually active, have an honest and open talk with your health care provider and ask whether you should be tested for gonorrhea or other STDs.

If you are a sexually active man who is gay, bisexual, or who has sex with men, you should be tested for gonorrhea every year.

If you are a sexually active women younger than 25 years or an older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection, you should be tested for gonorrhea every year.