Gonorrhea

Treatment

A curable infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria Gonorrhea and treated with antibiotics. Gonorrhea most commonly affects the throat, rectum, or urethra, and in women, it can also affect the cervix.

It is a good idea to be tested regularly for STIs, especially if you have new sexual partners or open relationships.

Talking with partners about safer sex, makes sure everyone knows what to expect. The correct use of condoms reduces your chances of getting and passing Gonorrhea.

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A lab test is NOT required if you have symptoms or have been exposed

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We also treat partners to minimize reinfection

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It is also known as the clap, drip, or GC

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According to the CDC, there are approximately 1.14 million new infections in the United States annually

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Almost all cases of gonorrhea are transmitted via sexual contact, whether it be oral, vaginal, or anal

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Many people suffering from gonorrhea also have other STDs

Most infected patients may experience little to no symptoms.

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Painful and frequent urination

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Penile or urethral discomfort and pain

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Yellowish green or purulent discharge

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Inflamed meatus (tip of the penis)

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Scrotal pain, tenderness, and swelling

Most infected patients may experience little to no symptoms.

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Painful and frequent urination

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Yellowish green or purulent discharge

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Vulvar irritation, redness, and swelling

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Painful sexual intercourse

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Abnormal bleeding between or after periods

Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae and is typically transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person. Unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected partner can lead to the spread of the bacteria, which can infect the genital, rectal, and throat areas. 

A gonorrhea diagnosis is attained through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and laboratory testing. Laboratory tests used to identify gonorrhea include: 

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Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT)

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Gram Stain

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Lab Culture

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Throat and Rectal Swabs

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Urine Test

Gonorrhea is typically treated with a regimen of antibiotics. The choice of antibiotics may vary based on factors like regional antibiotic resistance patterns. It's essential to complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed by a healthcare provider to ensure the infection is fully cleared. After treatment, it's recommended to abstain from sexual activity or practice safe sex until both you and your sexual partner(s) have completed treatment and received confirmation of clearance from the infection. Regular follow-up testing may also be advised to ensure the infection is successfully treated. Informing sexual partners and involving them in the treatment process is important to prevent reinfection and reduce the spread of the disease.

NOTE: Lab testing is NOT required prior to treatment if you have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms.


CallonDoc offers both at-home test kits and in-person lab testing. After treatment we recommend a test of cure 2-3 weeks after completing treatment to confirm clearing the infection.

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Azithromycin

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Cephalosporin class

Ongoing management for gonorrhea, after receiving appropriate treatment with antibiotics prescribed by a healthcare provider, typically involves a few key steps. It's crucial to complete the full course of antibiotics as directed and refrain from sexual activity until both you and your sexual partner(s) have completed treatment and received confirmation of clearance from the infection. Regular follow-up tests may be recommended to ensure the infection has been successfully treated and to prevent reinfection. It's advisable to inform and involve sexual partners in the treatment and testing process to prevent the spread of the infection.

Preventing gonorrhea involves practicing safe sex, including the consistent and correct use of latex or polyurethane condoms during sexual activity. Regular testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including gonorrhea, is important, especially if you have multiple sexual partners. Prompt treatment and partner notification in case of infection can help prevent its spread. 

Please note that if you are testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis, each has similar and overlapping symptoms. It is not unusual for trichomoniasis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea to co-occur and be detected at the same time. Those who are co-infected by all three often do not notice and run the risk of misdiagnosis or not clearing the infection entirely when only getting one type of infection tested or treated. Testing and treatment for all three, when displaying symptoms, can help clear the infection when they are present. Additionally, addressing multiple STIs simultaneously is essential to prevent complications, reduce the risk of transmission to sexual partners, reduce long-term health complications due to untreated STDs, and ensure better overall sexual well-being.

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