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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Transmitted by sexual intercourse
hard chancre- ulcer at site of entry
possible liver involvement
gumma-soft gummy lesion that leads to degeneration of blood vessels in brain
Second most frequently reported STD
small Gram - diplococcus (bean-shaped)
Gonorrhea in Females
gonococcus invades cervix and urethra - abdominal pain and burning urination.
Can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, in which org works its way into the Fallopian tubes and may cause sterility.
50% show no symptoms and are important carriers
Gonorrhea in males and infants
Males - occurs primarily in urethra
causing burning urination and discharge
Newborns -Ophthalmia neonatorum - congenital gonorrhea
The number one STD causing nongonococcal urethritis
Chlamydia trachomatis grows only in living tissue
Symptoms similar to gonorrhea, but milder
may be more prevalent than syphilis or gonorrhea
small Gram neg rod
Characterized by soft chancre at site of entry