How is gonorrhea infection transmitted in pediatric populations?

Updated: Jun 15, 2021
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Gonococcal infections after sexual and perinatal transmission are a major source of morbidity worldwide. In the developed world, where prophylaxis for neonatal eye infection is standard, the vast majority of infections follow genitourinary mucosal exposure. 

In the pediatric population, the importance of gonorrhea is 3-fold, as follows:

  • As a common and preventable sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the sexually active teenage population

  • As a perinatal infection at childbirth

  • As a forensic aid in investigating sexual abuse


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