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Gonorrhea Case Study for Health Science Students

Scenario: Jane, aged 23 years, tested positive for gonorrhea a year ago. Her partner was also diagnosed with penicillinase producing N. gonorrhea, and was given antibiotics. However, on the same day, Jane was taken to the ER with severe abdominal pain and vomiting. Her cervical smear test revealed N. gonorrhea as well as other bacteria.

Questions:
What are the signs and symptoms of gonorrhea in a male and in a female?
How does gonorrhea lead to PID?
Is there any peritonitis involved?
Will Jane develop infertility?
What are drug-resistant bacteria?

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What are the signs and symptoms of gonorrhea in a male and in a female?

Taken from the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/stdfact-gonorrhea.htm

Male Symptoms:
- Some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all
- Burning sensation when urinating
- White, yellow, or green discharge from the penis that usually appears 1 to 14 days after infection
- Some men may get painful or swollen testicles

Female Symptoms:
- Most women with gonorrhea do not have any symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they are often mild and can be mistaken for a ...

Solution Summary

The solution is comprised of a discussion on gonorrhea, and the consequences of transmitting the disease.

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