Donate to Gonorrhea Research, Patient Care and Education

Northwestern Medicine needs your help to support ongoing research devoted to early diagnosis, awareness and discovery of new treatment of gonorrhea.

Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection located in the genital tract, rectum or throat. It is spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex and is most common among people aged 15 to 24. Symptoms of gonorrhea are often subtle, but if left untreated, this disease can lead to serious health complications. In men, it can lead to problems with the prostate and testicles. In women, gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which is an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries, and can cause infertility or ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, a potentially fatal pregnancy that develops in the fallopian tubes.

Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help fund much-needed research aimed at finding new ways to treat and diagnose gonorrhea, raise public awareness about the disease, and improve outcomes through early detection.

The only way to avoid getting gonorrhea is to avoid having vaginal, anal or oral sex. However, you can practice safe sex to greatly reduce your risk. If you are sexually active:

  • Use a condom or dental dam every time you have sex.
  • Only have sex with a partner who has been tested and is free of STDs.
  • Talk to your partner about gonorrhea and other STDs.

Due to the serious long term complications of gonorrhea, early diagnosis is essential to preventing the spread and minimizing the effects of this disease. Your generous support of Northwestern Memorial Foundation would promote the advancement of critical patient care programs for gonorrhea, including awareness campaigns and patient access to early testing.

Donations provide critical support, helping Northwestern Memorial Foundation reach out to underserved communities with lifesaving education and screenings. Our research initiatives are dedicated to improving access to care for low-income patients, with a focus on education and resources to prevent diseases such as gonorrhea.

Diagnosing Gonorrhea

A diagnosis of gonorrhea often begins with a physical exam (including a pelvic exam for women) and a discussion of your symptoms.

Tests may include:

  • Urine test
  • Urine culture
  • Other lab tests: a swab of fluid from your cervix, rectum, throat or eyes

Once diagnosed, gonorrhea can usually be treated with antibiotics.

The Division of Infectious Disease at Northwestern Medicine provides quality inpatient and outpatient care for gonorrhea and other infectious diseases. Our interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses are dedicated to improving the health of those living with acute and chronic infectious diseases. By supporting Northwestern Medicine with a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to ensure that those who struggle with infectious disease will be linked to the appropriate care.

Gonorrhea Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Help support essential research and quality patient care services with a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation. Each compassionate donation supports a critical public need to combat infectious diseases like gonorrhea through medical research, quality patient care and community outreach. Your support helps us reach out to local communities with lifesaving education, resources, and screenings to prevent disease, improve access to care for low-income patients, and help stop the spread of infectious diseases like gonorrhea.

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