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Gonorrhea is a curable sexually transmitted disease STD caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae These bacteria can infect the genital tract the mouth and the rectum In women the opening to the womb from the birth canal is the first place of infection The disease can spread into the womb and fallopian tubes resulting in pelvic inflammatory disease PID Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae which is a small obligate aerobe with flattened abutting sides Its fast growing and divides by binary fission every 20 to 30 minutes It contains plasmids that produce beta-lactamase Gonorrhea is dangerous because it causes painful urination and discharge and usually pus from the penis Some men will experience other problems if not treated early For women it also causes painful urination increases need to urinate abnormal discharge from the vagina abnormal uterine bleeding or labial swelling Complicated infections can cause scarring of reproductive tissue and complicated gonococcal infection causes fertility The early symptoms of gonorrhea are mild They usually appear two to ten days after sexual contact with the infected partner Few people may be infected for several months without showing symptoms Womens first symptoms include bleeding associated with vaginal intercourse painful or burning sensation when urinating and vaginal discharge that are bloody or yellow Mens symptoms include pus from the penis and a burning sensation during urination that may be severe Symptoms of rectal infections are discharge anal itching and occasional painful bowel movements with fresh blood on feces 5 You can prevent gonorrhea by using latex condoms correctly and consistently during vaginal or rectal sexual intercourse This will help reduce gonorrhea and its complications A doctor who prescribes a single dose of the following antibiotics treats gonorrhea Ceftriaxone Cefixime Olfoxacin and Ciprofloxacin are all used to help treat gonorrhea Doctors who use three laboratory techniques diagnose gonorrhea Staining biological samples directly from the bacteria detection of bacterial genes or nucleic acid in urine and growing the
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