After a positive diagnosis for gonorrhea, appropriate and consistent treatment is necessary to successfully kill off the gonorrhea bacteria. Antibiotics often used to cure gonorrhea include azithromycin, doxycycline, ceftriaxone or cefixime. The CDC recommends dual therapy (i.e. using two antibiotics) for treating gonorrhea, due to this bacteria’s ability to sometimes become resistant to drugs. Speak to your doctor about what the best option is for you.
It is not unusual for individuals who are infected with gonorrhea to also be infected with chlamydia. This is because chlamydia is transmitted through oral, vaginal and anal sex, just like gonorrhea. Gonorrhea and chlamydia occur so often together that they are considered "co-existing infections," meaning that a person can be infected with both simultaneously. Our doctors recommend our 10-Test Panel or our Chlamydia-Gonorrhea Test package to thoroughly diagnose and eliminate the possibility of other STDs. Additionally, if you are being treated for gonorrhea, speak to your doctor about also getting treatment for chlamydia.
A woman with gonorrhea can be treated while pregnant with certain antibiotics. It is important to treat gonorrhea during pregnancy due to the high risk it poses to the fetus. According to CDC, gonorrhea can harm the baby, causing prenatal pneumonia, conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye), blindness, joint infections, or life-threatening blood infections. Speak to your healthcare provider about testing for gonorrhea and the treatment options available to you during pregnancy.
Yes, anytime you are exposed to the gonorrhea bacterium, you can contract it. You can get gonorrhea more than once because gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted disease and re-infections occur often. After a week of properly taking antibiotics, you should be cured and cleared of the disease, but your sexual partner(s) need to also get and complete treatment to avoid either of you being re-infected. Failure to do this can result in you contracting the disease multiple times. Having unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person almost always results in re- infection after treatment.