Sometimes, there are no symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease. If symptoms are present, they may include one or more of the following:
Bumps, sores, or warts near the mouth, anus, penis, or vagina
Swelling or redness near the penis or vagina
Weight loss, loose stools, or night sweats
Aches, pains, fever, and chills
Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
Discharge from the penis or vagina (Vaginal discharge may have an odor.)
Anyone who has had sexual contact in the past 60 days with a
person diagnosed with gonorrhea, whether or not they have symptoms or used
A newborn whose mother has gonorrhea at the time of
If you are prescribed more than one dose of an
antibiotic, be sure to take your antibiotic exactly as directed. If you miss
doses or don't take the full course of medicine, the gonorrhea infection may
not be cured.
Do not have sexual contact with anyone:
While you are being
Until both you and your partner(s) have been tested and
treated. If you are treated for gonorrhea and your sex partner is not, you will
probably become infected again.
If your treatment is a single dose of antibiotic, wait at
least 7 days after taking the dose before having any sexual contact.
Symptoms that do not go away after treatment may be caused by another
gonorrhea infection or treatment failure.
Certain strains of the gonorrhea bacteria have become
resistant to some antibiotics, including quinolones,
penicillin, tetracycline, and sulfa drugs. When bacteria become resistant to an
antibiotic, they no longer can be killed by that medicine.2
If you have been treated for gonorrhea and
don't get better, you may be retested with a
gonorrhea culture to see if there is bacterial
resistance to the antibiotic you were taking. If there is bacterial resistance,
you will need another antibiotic to cure the infection.
What To Think About
To prevent reinfection, don't
have sex until any partner that might be infected is tested and
Some people who have
gonorrhea also have
chlamydia. The CDC recommends that drug treatment for
gonorrhea also include antibiotics that are effective in treating chlamydia.
For more information, see the topic
Disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI) occurs when the
gonorrhea infection spreads to sites other than the
genitals, such as the joints, skin, heart, or blood. Treatment of
requires hospitalization and antibiotic treatment given
intravenously (IV) or into a muscle (intramuscularly,
In the United States, your doctor must report to the state health
department that you have gonorrhea.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 15, 2011
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