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Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea.
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Fact Sheet

Sexually active women younger than 25 years or women with new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has an STD should be tested every year.

gonorrhea bacterium

Antibiotic Resistance

Gonorrhea has progressively developed resistance to the antibiotic drugs prescribed for treatment.

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Gonorrhea can be cured with the right medication. Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious health problems in both women and men.


2015 STD Treatment Guidelines - Gonococcal Infections - Includes alternative treatment regimens and updated testing recommendations for gonococcal infections, as well as diagnosis, prevention, and special considerations. (June 4, 2015)

Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project (GISP) Profiles 2013 (March 30, 2015)

Recommendations for the Laboratory-Based Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae — 2014 (March 14, 2014)

STD Surveillance Case Definitions - Includes updated definitions for Gonorrhea and Syphilis effective January 1, 2014 (December 10, 2013)

Changes to Gonorrhea and Syphilis Case Definitions: Program Impact (January 16, 2014)

Two New Promising Treatment Regimens for Gonorrhea - press release (July 15, 2013)

What You Need to Know About Gonorrhea - Video by Dr. Monica Patton, Medical Epidemiologist in the Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shares information about how gonorrhea is spread, symptoms and complications of the infection, screening recommendations, and treatment. (April 30, 2013)