Gonorrhea, also known as "the clap" is caused by the bacteria Neisseria
gonorrhea. The bacteria can infect the soft skin covering the openings
of the body such as the urethra, vagina, cervix, anus and the throat.
Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics.
For more information on symptoms of gonorrhea, how it is spread, how it is treated, how it is prevented and how many cases have occurred in Minnesota, see below:
- STD Facts:
MDH overview of gonorrhea: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention and treatment. (Download PDF versions below, formatted for print)
- Programs to Prevent
and Reduce the Risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases:
Minnesota Statute § 121A.23 for STD/HIV Education in Schools
Statute requiring HIV and STD education to be provided in the classroom within Minnesota’s school districts.
- Important Information
for You and Your Partner
This brochure is designed to help those infected with chlamydia and/or gonorrhea to notify their sexual partners about their potential exposure. The brochure may be downloaded for duplication purposes.
- For Persons
Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted - Information You Should Know About
For those who may have been sexually assaulted, this brochure provides guidelines on being tested for HIV and other STDs. The brochure may be downloaded for duplication purposes.
Gonorrhea in the News
- Gonorrhea Treatment Guidelines: Revised Guidelines to Preserve Last Effective Treatment Option
CDC issues notice regarding drug-resistant gonorrhea. Attention: Non-MDH link
Susceptibilities of Selected Pathogens
MDH chart of pathogens and their susceptibility to selected treatments.
- National STD Awareness
Tip sheets on how to plan activities for National STD Awareness Month developed by the MDH.
Gonorrhea Statistics and Reports
- STD Surveillance
Number of bacterial STD cases reported in Minnesota including gonorrhea by year and other demographic breakdowns.
- Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Among Blacks in Minnesota
Data from the MDH shows disproportionately higher rates of STDs among blacks in MN compared with rates among other race groups.
- STD Prevalence and
Reproductive Health Services for Adolescent Women in Special Settings
MDH report about the prevalence of STDs, pregnancy and contraceptive use of female teens.
Reporting a Case of Gonorrhea
- STD Case Reporting
MDH summary of procedures to report selected STDs, including gonorrhea.
Asked Questions About STD Reporting
MDH fact sheet on STD reporting
- Communicable Disease
Reporting Rules, Chapter 4605
Statute summarizing the communicable diseases that are required to be reported in Minnesota.
- STD/HIV Partner
A brochure designed for health providers, information is provided about the program that assists HIV or STD infected persons notify their partners about their potential exposure. The brochure may be downloaded and printed.
Disease Information (CDC)
CDC overview of gonorrhea: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention and treatment. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Gonorrhea (ASHA)
American Social Health Association overview of gonorrhea: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention and treatment.
- CDC STD Treatment Guidelines / CDC STD Treatment Guidelines now available formatted for iPhones/iPads
CDC’s latest treatment guidelines for STDs.
- Minnesota Family Planning
and STD Hotline
Toll-free hotline for confidential information about the prevention, testing locations and treatment of STDs in Minnesota. (1-800-78-FACTS) Attention: Non-MDH link
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