What should be the focus of the history for patients with suspected gonorrhea?

Updated: Jun 15, 2021
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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The incubation period for gonorrhea is usually 2-7 days after exposure to an infected partner. In all patients who present with a possible STD, the history should include the following:

  • Past history of STDs (including HIV infection and  viral hepatitis)
  • Treatment history for known STDs
  • Known symptoms of STDs in current or past sexual partners
  • Type of contraception used
  • Any history of  sexual assault

In women, the history should also include the date of the last menstrual period and the details of parity, including any history of ectopic pregnancies.

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