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, or using two drugs, to treat gonorrhea - a single dose of 250mg of intramuscular ceftriaxone AND 1g of oral azithromycin. 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
- 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines - Gonococcal Infections (June 4, 2015)
Resources for Clinicians
- Notes from the Field: Increase in Neisseria meningitidis–Associated Urethritis Among Men at Two Sentinel Clinics — Columbus, Ohio, and Oakland County, Michigan, 2015 - MMWR June 3, 2016
- Gemifloxacin Shortage (May 27, 2015)
- Gonorrhea Clinical Training: (April 2013)
- 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
- Page last reviewed: December 2, 2015
- Page last updated: November 3, 2016
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