[Question #2760] Possibility of Transmission

42 months ago
I'm needing some guidance. I am wracked with anxiety. I contracted pharyngeal gonorrhea about a year and a half ago. I was tested and treated not long after contracting. My anxiety comes in to play because I have a young child. I am so scared that I could have possibly passed this on to my child. We share straws, utensils, etc. I am a finger nail biter and my child was still in diapers when I was infected, so I obviously changed diapers. There was even a time I found my child playing with my toothbrush. Could I have infected her accidentally? I would never forgive myself Every time she gets just even a cold virus, I feel like I'm coming unglued with anxious thoughts and fears. 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
42 months ago
Welcome to the Forum.  I'll be glad to comment and hopefully can provide you with the reassurance that you need to put this concern (I know that when it comes to our children we worry more than we would in other situations). 

Pharyngeal gonorrhea (as well as gonorrhea at other sites) is transmitted only through direct contact.  The infection is not transmitted indirectly, in saliva, on inanimate objects such as toothbrushes, or through transfer of infection from a site of infection to another person on the fingers or hands.  You have nothing to worry about and your daughter does not need testing related to your prior episode of pharyngeal gonorrhea.

I hope that this comment is helpful.  EWH
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42 months ago
This has given me more comfort than I can convey. Thank you for your specific and thorough answer. I did bring up my fears to her pediatrician that said he did not feel a need to test. But your complete explanation has allowed me understanding. Thank you, Dr. Edward Hook
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
42 months ago
Glad I could help.  Take care.  EWH
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