When a 20-year-old Dallas, Texas woman went to the hospital for a bumpy rash on her upper body, she was told that she had a sexually transmitted disease.
case, which was published in the recent edition of the New England
Journal of Medicine, showed the woman came to the University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center with complaints of a rash on her body
along with pain in her ankles, a fever and muscle aches.
conducted an array of tests to find out she was positive for
gonorrhea, a common STD infection for individuals between 15 and 24
years of age. The woman allegedly informed doctors she recently had
a new sexual encounter two weeks before she noticed symptoms.
in their case review, said the patient had mild swelling and pain in
her right ankle and both ankles had tenosynovitis. According to the
review, the doctors suspected gonorrhea before getting tests to
commonly known as “the clap” is a sexually transmitted disease
that affects men and women, usually leading to infections in the
genitals, mouth and rectum. The majority of people get the disease
after having sex with an infected partner.
with gonorrhea may experience painful and burning urination, swollen
testicles and penis discharge (white, green or yellow). Women’s
symptoms for the STD isn’t as obvious, and may not even be
apparent. According to the CDC, women who have symptoms tend to
experience mild ones and believe it’s a vaginal or bladder
infection. Women with untreated gonorrhea could have serious
complications such as joint pain, skin rashes and infertility.
who do have symptoms may also have a burning sensation when they
urinate, bleeding between periods, have more vaginal discharge, etc.
Doctors prescribed antibiotics to the Texas woman who, after three months, felt better and had no longer had joint pain or skin lesions.
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I've done my fair share of reading and research on the topic of HIV/AIDS. Mostly to educate myself of on the subject and to be able to understand the dynamics of the disease as a whole. Recently, I've noticed a trend developing among the newest infections. In the past it was thought to be a disease that afflicted mostly Homosexual men and IV Drug users. Over the past decade or so, there have been an increasing number of women diagnosed with HIV. In my findings a disproportionate number of women, especially women of color have been infected. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 62% of the women in this country living with AIDS are African American.