Gonorrhea - Topic Overview
Urine or fluid from the infected area will be tested for
gonorrhea. You may also be tested for other sexually transmitted infections
(STIs) at the same time. Testing can be done with a Pap test.
As soon as you find out you have
gonorrhea, be sure to let your sex partners know. Experts recommend that you
notify everyone you've had sex with in the past 60 days. If you have not had
sex in the past 60 days, contact the last person you had sex with.
used to treat gonorrhea. It's important to take all of the medicine as
directed. Otherwise the medicine may not work. Both sex partners need treatment
to keep from passing the infection back and forth.
treatment as soon as possible helps prevent the spread of the infection and
lowers your risk for other problems, such as pelvic inflammatory
Many people who have gonorrhea also have
chlamydia, another STI. If you have gonorrhea and
chlamydia, you will get medicine that treats both infections.
all sexual contact while you are being treated for an STI. If your treatment is
a single dose of medicine, you should not have any sexual contact for 7 days
after treatment so the medicine will have time to work.
gonorrhea infection that was cured does not protect you from getting it again.
If you are treated and your sex partner is not, you probably will get it
Finding out that you have an STI may make you feel bad about
yourself or about sex. Counseling or a support group may help you feel
It's easier to
prevent an STI like gonorrhea than it is to treat it.
- Use a condom every time you have sex. Latex
and polyurethane condoms keep out the viruses and bacteria that cause
- Don't have more than one sex partner at a time. The safest
sex is with one partner who has sex only with you. Every time you add a new sex
partner, you are being exposed to all of the diseases that all of that person's
partners may have.
- Be responsible. Don't have sex if you have
symptoms of an infection or if you are being treated for an
- Wait to have sex with a new partner until both of you have
been tested for STIs.