Gonorrhea Treatment and Care
Antibiotics have successfully treated gonorrhea for several decades; however, the bacteria has developed resistance to nearly every drug used for treatment.
What is the treatment for gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea can be cured with the right treatment. CDC now recommends dual therapy (i.e. using two drugs) for the treatment of gonorrhea. It is important to take all of the medication prescribed to cure gonorrhea. Medication for gonorrhea should not be shared with anyone. Although medication will stop the infection, it will not repair any permanent damage done by the disease. Antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhea is of increasing concern, and successful treatment of gonorrhea is becoming more difficult. If a person’s symptoms continue for more than a few days after receiving treatment, he or she should return to a health care provider to be reevaluated.
Treatment Guidelines and Updates
- New Treatment Guidelines for Gonorrhea: Antibiotic Change - CDC expert commentary featuring Dr. Robert Kirkcaldy (August 13, 2012)
- Update to CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment 2010 Guidelines: Oral Cephalosporins No Longer a Recommended Treatment for Gonococcal Infections - MMWR August 10, 2012
- 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines - Gonococcal Infections - includes new information regarding the increasing prevalence of antimicrobial-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae (December 16, 2010)
Resources for Clinicians
- Two New Promising Treatment Regimens for Gonorrhea - press release (July 15, 2013)
- Doxycycline and Tetracycline Shortage Update (March 1, 2013)
- Cephalosporin-Resistant Gonorrhea in North America - JAMA editorial by Robert D. Kirkcaldy, MD, MPH (January 9, 2013)
- Cephalosporin-Resistant Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Public Health Response Plan Offers guidance state and local health departments can take to keep a watchful eye on the emergence of drug resistance. (August 9, 2012)
- Audio Podcast – Dr. Robert Kirkcaldy, lead author of the updated gonorrhea treatment guidelines, discusses new gonorrhea treatment recommendations in this three minute podcast. (August 9, 2012)
- Press Release - Media announcement about updated gonorrhea treatment guidelines, includes quotes from NCHHSTP leadership (August 9, 2012)
- Media fact sheet - Details changes to updated gonorrhea treatment, gonorrhea trends, and call to action (updated July 2013)
- Updated Gonorrhea Clinical Training: (August 9, 2012)
- Self-Study Module for Clinicians - Web-based course designed to guide clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gonorrheal infection. Continuing education credits available.
- Ready-to-use Module for Clinical Educators - Each module contains a slide presentation, an instructor's guide, a case study, and test questions
- The Growing Threat of Multidrug-Resistant Gonorrhea – CDC Public Health Grand Rounds - View recording of webinar from May 15, 2012 (May 18, 2012)
- MMWR on CDC Grand Rounds: The Growing Threat of Multidrug-Resistant Gonorrhea (February 14, 2013)
- Screening for Sexually Transmitted Disease: Who, When, and How – CDC Expert Commentary on screening for MSM featuring Dr. Gail Bolan (January 9, 2012)
- Page last reviewed: April 30, 2012
- Page last updated: April 16, 2015
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