|How many strands exist and different routes of transmission?
Nov 25, 2001
First, how many different strands of the STD gonnorhea actually exist and do some strands have differentiating methods of transmission? Also, do some strands have a greater liklihood of transmission?
| Response from Dr. Pavia
Gonorhea is a bacteria that has been around for many, many years, so there are many strains in circulation, even within one community. As far as we know, the major difference comes down to antibiotic resistance. Some strains have become increasingly resistant to most of the antibiotics used to treat it. To my knowledge, all gonorrhea is easily transmitted, far more easily than HIV. Infection with gonorrhea increases the ability of an HIV-infected person to transmit HIV, and infection with gonorrhea in an uninfected person increases the risk of becoming infected when you have sex with an infected person. Treating the gonorrhea will return this risk to baseline
The same safe(r) sex practices that help prevent HIV prevent transmission of gonorrhea. Please, please be safe. I really would like to put ourselves out of business....
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