Having a sexually transmitted disease once makes a person
immune to the disease; that is, he can never get that disease again.
Wrong. There is no immunity to sexually transmitted diseases. An
STD can infect the same person again and again.
An individual cannot get a sexually transmitted disease unless he
has intercourse with an infected person.
Wrong. If you have intimate contact (not necessarily sexual
intercourse) with a person infected with an STD, you may become
Gonorrhea is caused by strain; for example, lifting a heavy object.
No. A person does NOT get gonorrhea by lifting a heavy object or
You can look at a person and tell whether or not he has a sexually
Wrong. A medical examination and laboratory tests are required to
confirm the presence or absence of venereal disease.
Syphilis is hereditary.
Syphilis CANNOT be inherited. A pregnant woman can, however,
transmit the disease to her unborn child as the child is developing.
Section III. LABORATORY TESTS AND PROCEDURES
2-13. TEST/PROCEDURES FOR GONORRHEA
a. Obtain a Gram's stain smear and culture. In males, a thin cotton-tipped swab
is inserted into the urethra to get a discharge smear. In females, an endocervical smear
is taken and examined. A part of the specimen is smeared on a microscopic slide and
stained with Gram's stain. If the organisms stain purple, the result is gram-positive. An
infection exists, in this case gonorrhea. If the organisms stain pink, the result is gram-
negative, and there is no infection. It usually takes about an hour to obtain the results of
a Gram's stain smear. Since the result of a culture takes from two to five days, a
Gram's stain is often performed so that treatment can be started sooner.
b. Request a blood test to rule out syphilis. Do this before treatment and after