Risk of acquiring gonorrhea and prevalence of abnormal adnexal findings among women recently exposed to gonorrhea

JAMA. 1983 Dec 16;250(23):3205-9.


We determined the conditions of 26 women who had recently been exposed to Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Infection was more common among women with more than one exposure (13/14) than among those with one exposure (6/12). Gonococcal infection was significantly associated with the presence of findings on physical examination suggestive of upper genital tract inflammation. Nine of 19 infected women had such findings; no uninfected women did. Among infected women, the prevalence of abnormal physical findings was 47% +/- 23% (95% confidence interval). These findings suggest that upper genital tract involvement is a common early complication of gonococcal infection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Gonorrhea / diagnosis*
  • Gonorrhea / microbiology
  • Gonorrhea / transmission
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae / isolation & purification
  • Pain
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease / diagnosis*
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease / etiology
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease / microbiology
  • Risk