Term: Gonorrhea

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2020-05-25


A sexually transmitted infection (STI) that, if left untreated, may increase the risk of contracting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (Chin, 2000; Dickerson et al., 1996), pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility in females or urethritis, epididymitis, and gonococcal arthritis in males (Merck Research Laboratories, 1992). Gonorrhea may also cause pharyngeal and anorectal infections in females and homosexual males (Chin, 2000). Symptoms may be absent, or may appear within 1-4 weeks after infection. Symptoms include (but are not limited to) a feeling of burning or pain while urinating, increased urination, penile or vaginal discharge, or tender or swollen genitals (PubMed Health. "Gonorrhea". 2011.)

NOTE: The URL for this reference was: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0004526/ - accessed October 15, 2012. On October 31, 2018, the resource PubMed Health was discontinued and is no longer available. For more information about gonorrhea, see: MedlinePlus® - Health Topics - Gonorrhea
In Brownell et al. (2012), gonorrhea in youths aged 13 to 19 years was defined as having at least one positive detection for gonorrhea in the Cadham Provincial Laboratory database, either by:

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