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Gonorrhea Santa Monica, CA

Named after the ancient city of Gomorrah, gonorrhea is one of the most common STDs affecting millions, with over three million new cases diagnosed annually. It is important for pregnant and nursing women to be screened for this disease because it can be transmitted to the baby during pregnancy, labor or through breastfeeding.

Gonorrhea is caused by a bacterium that can infect males and females. It can infect the urethra, rectum or throat. In females, it can also infect the cervix. Pregnant women with the infection are vulnerable to miscarriage or delivering the baby prematurely. When babies contract the disease from their mothers, it usually affects the eyes and can lead to blindness.

Antibiotics are used to treat gonorrhea. There are strains of the disease that are showing resistance to some drug treatments so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an injection and oral antibiotic to stop the disease. If you have gonorrhea, it is important that your sex partner is also treated for the disease, even if he or she does not have any symptoms. Reinfection occurs when only one partner is treated.

If a mother is known to have gonorrhea, her newborn is treated with an eye medication soon after birth. This is to prevent infection. Antibiotics are used to treat babies who develop eye infections.

Symptoms of Gonorrhea

Most people do not experience symptoms with this sexually transmitted disease. Women who do have symptoms will often mistake them for a bladder or vaginal infection because symptoms are mild. Men and women may have symptoms that include discharge, anal itching, soreness, bleeding or painful bowel movements. Both may also experience a burning sensation when urinating.

Men may have a white, yellow or green discharge from the penis, while women may have increased vaginal discharge or spotting between periods. Men may also have swollen or painful testicles, though this is rare.

With the proper treatment, gonorrhea is a curable STD. Your doctor will prescribe a round of medication that must be completed and taken as prescribed. The disease can be cured, but treatment will not affect or undo permanent damage caused by gonorrhea. It is important that you see your doctor again if your symptoms are not clearing up after a few days of treatment. This could indicate that you have a strain of the disease that is resistant to the antibiotic you are taking.

Contact Dr. Brent J. Michael for testing and treatment of gonorrhea and other STDs.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

4.7 / 5.0

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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