etiology of cervical infections is varied; N.
gonorrhoeae and C. trachoma-tis cause
endocervicitis, and herpes simplex virus can infect the stratified
squamousepithelium of the ectocervix. The major clinical manifestation of
cervicitis is a mucopuru-lent vaginal discharge. The cervix is friable and
inflamed, and polymorphonuclear leuko-cytes are present in the exudate.
Chlamydial, gonococcal, and viral cultures are needed to demonstrate the
etiologic agent. Therapy depends on the etiologic agent involved (see treatment
of urethritis for additional considerations).