Gonorrhea

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

Symptoms:

Men:

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

Women:

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

Treatment:

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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