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 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
- Gonorrhea Self-Study Module – An online learning experience that helps users learn how to manage gonorrhea. It is continuously updated and integrates the most recent STD Treatment Guidelines. Free CME/CNE available. (November 1, 2017)
- 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
- Page last reviewed: December 29, 2016
- Page last updated: October 31, 2017
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