Gonorrhea is a infection caused by infection with the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is transmistted through skin-skin contact of an infected individual or through contact of mucus membranes with contaminated body fluids.

Resultant infections:

  • conjuntivitis (infection of the white of the eye)
  • pharyngitis (infection of the throat)
  • proctatitis (infection of the anus and surrounding mucosa)
  • urethritis (urinary tract infection)
  • prostatitis (infection of the prostate gland)
  • pelvic inflammatory disease (in women this can lead to sterility)
  • orchitis (infection of the testis)


Severe prolonged infection may result in bacterial infection of the:

  • endocardidtis (inflammation of the inner linning of the heart)
  • meningitis (inflammation of the meningeal layers surrounding the brain and spinal cord)
  • gonococcal dermatitis-arthritis syndrome

Neonatal Conjunctivitis

  • infection contracted by the neonate during vaginal birth of an infected mother
  • Silver nitrate or antibiotics are often administered at birth to prevent infectious scaring and damage to the conjuctiva of the eye



  • burning sensation when urinating
  • white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis.
  • painful or swollen testicles.


  • painful or burning sensation when urinating
  • increased vaginal discharge, or vaginal bleeding between periods


antiobiotics such as penecillin and cephalexone

sexual partners also need to undergo treatment to prevent reinfection.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 2009. Gonorrhea. Retrived June 29, 2009 from http://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/stdfact-gonorrhea.htm


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