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Description:This scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicted three views of a single Gram-negative Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium. Under this highly-magnified view, the “roughened” texture of the bacterium’s cell wall is made visible. As a Gram-negative bacterium, N. gonorrhoeae possess a thinner cell wall than its Gram-positive cousins, composed of peptidoglycan molecular layers that are sandwiched between a lipid membrane layer.
What is the treatment for gonorrhea?

Several antibiotics can successfully cure gonorrhea in adolescents and adults. However, drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea are increasing in many areas of the world, including the United States, and successful treatment of gonorrhea is becoming more difficult. Because many people with gonorrhea also have chlamydia, another STD, antibiotics for both infections are usually given together. Persons with gonorrhea should be tested for other STDs.

It is important to take all of the medication prescribed to cure gonorrhea. Although medication will stop the infection, it will not repair any permanent damage done by the disease. People who have had gonorrhea and have been treated can get the disease again if they have sexual contact with persons infected with gonorrhea. If a person’s symptoms continue even after receiving treatment, he or she should return to a doctor to be reevaluated.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Stephen Kraus
Creation Date:1973
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Links:CDC - Division of STD Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention: Gonorrhea
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