Gonorrhea, A Common Sexually Transmitted Infection Essay

752 Words Nov 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Gonorrhea is a relatively common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. The culprit of this infection is Neisseria Gonorrheae, a type of bacteria that thrives in moist, warm environments (Gonorrhea). It is this quality of N.Gonorrheae that makes the reproductive tract prime real estate for infection. Health care professionals working with sexually active people need to be especially thorough in their exams and education to ensure that Gonorrhea does not spread. As the phrase “sexually transmitted infection” implies, Gonorrhea is a communicable infection. This means that any type of direct sexual contact with an infected person can transmit the infection. “You can get Gonorrhea during vaginal, oral, or anal sex with an infected partner. A man does not need to ejaculate to pass the infection or to become infected. Touching infected sex organs, like the vagina or penis, and then touching your eyes can cause an eye infection… Gonorrhea can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby during delivery.” (Gonorrhea Fact Sheet). When educating the sexually active patient on disease prevention, it is important to clarify any misunderstandings about how an infection of Gonorrhea can be transmitted. Along with teaching the community about modes of transmission, it is equally important to discuss how Gonorrhea can be prevented. Undoubtedly, refraining from any type of sexual activity is the most effective means of preventing the infection. Abstinence however is not…

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