Cause of sexually transmitted disease.
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a gram-negative diplococcus.
N. gonorrhoeae causes urethral discharge/urethritis in males and vaginal discharge/vaginitis in females. The inflamed oozing cervix like a rotten strawberry in a severe acute case of G. is a remarkable sight. The condition is serious.
Swabs should be taken of the urethra/vagina in men/women respectively (also rectal swabs). Traditionally N. gonorrhoeae is detected by culture in the microbiology laboratory. However, culture is gradually being replaced by molecular PCR-based methods in developed countries with the resources to do so.
Barrier contraception provides some protection.
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