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What is Gonorrhea?

What is Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a common type of sexually transmitted disease. Gonorrhea is the result of a bacterial infection of the cervix in women ...more »

  • Gonorrhea: Common sexually transmitted disease often without symptoms.
  • Gonorrhea: Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD). (Source: excerpt from Gonorrhea: DSTD)
  • Gonorrhea: A species of gram-negative, aerobic bacteria primarily found in purulent venereal discharges. It is the causative agent of GONORRHEA.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Gonorrhea: a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Gonorrhea: Introduction

Types of Gonorrhea:

Broader types of Gonorrhea:

How many people get Gonorrhea?

Incidence (annual) of Gonorrhea: 800,000 cases (CDC estimate/NIAID)
Incidence Rate of Gonorrhea: approx 1 in 339 or 0.29% or 800,000 people in USA [about data]
Undiagnosed prevalence of Gonorrhea: estimated 400,000 cases (CDC/NIAID based on 800,000 estimates with about 400,000 reported)
Undiagnosed prevalence rate of Gonorrhea: approx 1 in 679 or 0.15% or 400,000 people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Gonorrhea: Each year approximately 650,000 people in the United States are infected with gonorrhea. In 1999, the rate of reported gonorrhea infections was 132.2 per 100,000 persons. (Source: excerpt from Gonorrhea: DSTD) ... An estimated 650,000 cases of gonorrhea, caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, occur annually in the United States. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID) ... In 1997, 324,901 cases of gonorrhea in the United States were reported to the CDC, a case rate of 122/100,000. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

How serious is Gonorrhea?

Complications of Gonorrhea: see complications of Gonorrhea

What causes Gonorrhea?

Causes of Gonorrhea: see causes of Gonorrhea
Cause of Gonorrhea: Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria spread by sexual activity.
Causes of Gonorrhea: Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a bacterium that can grow and multiply easily in mucous membranes of the body. Gonorrhea bacteria can grow in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix (opening to the womb), uterus (womb), and fallopian tubes (egg canals) in women, and in the urethra (urine canal) in women and men. The bacteria can also grow in the mouth, throat, and anus. (Source: excerpt from Gonorrhea: DSTD)
Risk factors for Gonorrhea: see risk factors for Gonorrhea

What are the symptoms of Gonorrhea?

Symptoms of Gonorrhea: see symptoms of Gonorrhea

Complications of Gonorrhea: see complications of Gonorrhea

Incubation period for Gonorrhea: 2-10 days

Incubation period for Gonorrhea: In males, symptoms usually appear 2 to 5 days after infection, but it can take as long as 30 days for symptoms to begin. (Source: excerpt from Gonorrhea: DSTD)

Can anyone else get Gonorrhea?

Contagion of Gonorrhea: Spread by sexual activity; sometimes from infected clothing or towels; also mother-to-infant transmission in childbirth.
More information: see contagiousness of Gonorrhea
Inheritance: see inheritance of Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Gonorrhea.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Gonorrhea.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Gonorrhea: Gynecologist, Urologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Gonorrhea.
Treatments for Gonorrhea: see treatments for Gonorrhea
Prevention of Gonorrhea: see prevention of Gonorrhea
Research for Gonorrhea: see research for Gonorrhea

Society issues for Gonorrhea

Costs of Gonorrhea: almost $1.1 billion (NIAID)
Costs of Gonorrhea: Health economists estimate that the annual cost of gonorrhea and its complications is close to $1.1 billion. (Source: excerpt from Gonorrhea, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Organs Affected by Gonorrhea:

Organs and body systems related to Gonorrhea include:

Name and Aliases of Gonorrhea

Main name of condition: Gonorrhea

Class of Condition for Gonorrhea: bacterial

Other names or spellings for Gonorrhea:

gonorrhoea, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the clap, Gonorrhoea

Neisseria gonorrhoea, Gonococcus Source - Diseases Database

Gonorrhoea, Clap, Gonorrhea, Clap
Source - WordNet 2.1

Gonorrhea: Related Conditions

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