Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is commonly spread through vaginal, anal or oral sex. With an estimated 820,000 new cases reported each year in the United States, contracting gonorrhea is common and once it’s detected and treated early - it’s nothing to worry about! Plus, it can be cured with the right course of antibiotics [1].

See also: Gonorrhea: Common Symptoms and Signs



Treatment for Gonorrhea


If you test positive for gonorrhea, treatment is the next step. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a single dose of 250mg of intramuscular ceftriaxone AND 1g of oral azithromycin [2].

It’s important to finish your course of antibiotics to ensure the infection is completely cleared. If you continue to experience signs and symptoms of gonorrhea after a few days of treatment - get in touch with your healthcare provider who will be able to offer a helping hand with potential next steps.

See also: Oral Gonorrhea: Causes and Symptoms


Should my partner get treated for Gonorrhea?


Although your partner might not be showing any signs or symptoms, it’s important for them to go through both testing and treatment for the infection. Without treatment, it’s possible for your partner to pass the infection back on to you [3].

See also: Can an STI go Undetected?


One of the most reliable ways to reduce your risk of contracting an STI is by taking part in regular sexual health screenings - this can be done with your local doctor or from a time that suits you with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s range of at-home STI tests check for some of the most common sexually transmitted infections - including gonorrhea. Our medical team will be available to answer any questions you may have and online results will be available within 5 days. If you do test positive, prescriptions will be provided free of charge.

See also: How do you Check for STDs From Home?



References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gonococcal Infections in Adolescents and Adults. Online: CDC.gov, 2015
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gonorrhea Treatment and Care. Online: CDC.gov, 2019
  3. Mayo Clinic. Gonorrhea. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019