Gonorrhea in Adolescents and Young Adults

  • Valeria D. CantosEmail author
  • Carlos del Rio


Gonorrhea is the second most common notifiable disease in the USA. Since 2009, rates of gonorrhea have steadily risen, which is largely attributable to increases among men. If untreated, this infection can cause significant morbidity including hematogenous dissemination, pelvic inflammatory disease, and female infertility, which is often irreversible. Neisseria gonorrhoeae has developed resistance to multiple antibiotics, which has significantly limited treatment options. In this chapter, we will review the epidemiology and pathophysiology of gonorrhea, and we will describe the microbiologic characteristics of N. gonorrhoeae. We will also provide an overview of its main clinical presentations and the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment.


Gonorrhea Urethritis Cervicitis PID 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Infectious DiseasesEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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