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Is There A Way To Treat Gonorrhea?

Published: March 10, 2014
Dear Is There A Way To Treat Gonorrhea?,

Is there a way to treat gonorrhea or does it never go away?


Dear Is There A Way To Treat Gonorrhea?,

Gonorrhea is a treatable sexually transmitted disease (STD).

If you are concerned you may have gonorrhea (or any other STD) it is important to meet with your healthcare provider as soon as possible so that you can be properly diagnosed and treated. It is important not to engage in any sexual activity until you have been properly diagnosed, treated, and cleared by your doctor so that you can avoid spreading any STDs onto anyone else. If you do have an STD it is important to notify your sexual partners about this (past and present) so that your partners can find out if they have an STD and get treatment if needed.

Planned Parenthood provides the following information on treating gonorrhea:

Yes. Gonorrhea is easy to treat. If you have gonorrhea, your health care provider will give you antibiotics.

Pregnant women and teens should not be given certain antibiotics (specifically, ciprofloxazin and ofloxacin). Your health care provider will help you decide which is the best treatment for you.

Both you and your partner must be treated for gonorrhea before you have sex again. That way you can avoid becoming infected again. Some health care providers will give you medicine to take home for your partner(s).

People diagnosed with gonorrhea often have chlamydia as well. Your health care provider may treat you for both at the same time.

If you are treated for gonorrhea, or any other sexually transmitted disease or infection, remember

  • Take all the prescribed medicine. Even if the symptoms go away, the infection may still be in your body until treatment is complete.
  • Make sure your partner(s) is/are treated at the same time so you don't give gonorrhea to each other again.
  • Do not share your medicine with anyone.
  • Consult your health care provider if you have symptoms after treatment.
  • Get tested again after three months to make sure the infection is gone.

For more information on gonorrhea, including information on symptoms, diagnosing, preventing the spread of and more, read Planned Parenthood’s article on Gonorrhea.

You can also speak to your doctor about any questions or concerns you have. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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