Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that can infect both men and women. Caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium, gonorrhea can cause infections in the genitals, rectum and throat. Although treatable, drug-resistant forms of gonorrhea are increasing.
Why Is the Study of Gonorrhea a Priority for NIAID?
If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, infertility, and increased risk of HIV infection. Gonorrhea can also be passed from mother to child and cause blindness or life-threatening infections in the infant.
How Is NIAID Addressing This Critical Topic?
NIAID supports a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program of research on Neissesria gonorrhoeae (gonococci).