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What are the long-term health risks of gonorrhea?

Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious complications in women and men. In women it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This can lead to infertility, long-term pelvic and abdominal pain or an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that develops outside the uterus). In men, untreated gonorrhea can cause a painful condition in the tubes inside the testicles, which can lead to infertility (although this is rare). In both men and women gonorrhea can spread to the blood and joints, causing severe illness.

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