Gonorrhea

Name
Gonorrhea

Also known as
Drip, The Clap

Caused by
Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Type
Bacterial

Incidence
Over 1.5 million new cases a year in the United States.

Symptoms
Men: A watery discharge from the penis, which if left untreated, will become a thick yellow/green discharge; itching or burning at the urethral opening; pain with urination.
Women: Up to 80% of infected women will notice no symptoms; among those that do, the most common are: thick yellow or white vaginal discharge; burning sensation with urination; unusual lower abdominal pain.

Incubation
If symptoms appear, they will usually do so within 2-21 days after exposure

Diagnosis
Laboratory culture test of discharge.

Complications
Untreated gonorrhea will eventually cause damage to the urogenital system of both men and women, frequently leading to infertility. Although most common in the genital system, gonorrhea can also infect and cause damage to the eyes, throat, and rectum. Untreated people are also at risk for a syndrome known as disseminated gonococcal infection, which is a form of blood poisoning that can lead to arthritis, skin problems and heart and brain infections. Babies born to infected mothers are at risk of developing blindness due to infection of the eyes during birth (hence the requirement of most States that infants' eyes be treated with antibiotics after birth).

Treatment
Gonorrhea is usually cured by a one-time injection of a form of penicillin, or a series of oral doses.

Appearance
penis with abnormal discharge
The penis with the "drip" (gonorrhea discharge)


gonnorrhea infection in the eye
A gonorrhea infection in the eye.