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 in prevalence. 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. As part of its work to track and characterize multidrug-resistant organisms, AFRIMS studies works with host-nation partners to study gonorrhea across Southeast Asia.
The primary departments at AFRIMS involved with this research are Bacterial and Parasitic Diseases and Retrovirology. Click here to partner with us.