Gonorrhea

bacteria-neisseria-gonorrhoeae

Bacteria neisseria gonorrhoeae

Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhea. It is a contagious disease mostly acquired by having sexual contact with an infected individual. It is one of the common sexually transmitted diseases.

Gonorrhea is most common in young people aged 15-24 years. Once gonorrhea has been successfully treated, it may recur if sexual partners are not treated or if the person has sexual contact with another infected individual. Having gonorrhea once does not make the person who had it immune to the disease. Gonorrhea infection occurs in people of all different races and social classes.

It is estimated that about 800 000 cases of gonorrhea are diagnosed each year in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S, gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection. Some people call gonorrhea infection by its slang names which are “the clap” or “the drip.”

Neisseria gonorrhea is not able to survive outside of the human body for a very long time. This is why it is mainly spread through intimate contact. It is important that the general public become aware of how gonorrhea is acquired and what the long term consequences could be if gonorrhea is not effectively treated.