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Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, where more than 800,000 gonorrhea infections are estimated to occur each year. Although some men and women may have symptoms (such as discharge or burning when urinating), most people infected with gonorrhea do not. As a result, many infections go undetected and untreated. Left untreated, gonorrhea can cause serious health problems, particularly for women, including chronic pelvic pain, life-threatening ectopic pregnancy and infertility. Gonorrhea infection also increases a person’s risk of contracting and transmitting HIV.

NIAID Research on Gonorrhea

NIAID supports a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program of research on Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonococci). Researchers are trying to understand how gonococci infect cells while evading defenses of the human immune system. Studies are ongoing to find

  • How these bacteria attach to host cells
  • How they get inside cells
  • Gonococcal surface structures and how they can change
  • Human response to infection by gonococci

More NIAID Research on Gonorrhea

Antimicrobial (Drug) Resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Gonorrhea)

Last Updated July 18, 2013

Last Reviewed January 07, 2011