Causes

Gonorrhea is an STI caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, an aerobic, pyrogenic, gramnegative diplococcus that produces inflammatory reactions characterized by purulent exudates. The organism grows best in warm, mucus-secreting epithelia and can enter the body through the genitourinary tract, eyes, oropharynx, anorectum, or skin. An infant born to an infected mother can contract gonorrhea when it passes through the birth canal. Self-inoculation to the eyes can also occur if a person with gonorrhea touches his or her eyes with a contaminated hand. Risk factors include multiple sex partners, an unknown sex partner, and unprotected sexual contact.

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