Chlamydia and gonorrhea have a lot in common when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but they are distinctly different diagnoses with their own consequences and treatment.

Similarities

These two STDs share a lot when it comes to transmission, symptoms and complications.

Transmission

Transmission of gonorrhea or chlamydia can occur through penetrative or non-penetrative sexual activity involving the mouth, genitals or anus. Men and women can contract either infection, and even the use of barrier protection methods such as condoms, which are prone to human error, may still result in transmission of either.

Symptoms

Chlamydia and gonorrhea can look exactly the same, when there is something to see. One of the chief concerns of both is that a person can