Gonorrhoea | Treatment

Antibiotics

Antibiotics can successfully cure gonorrhoea in adolescents and adults.

However, drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea are increasing in many areas of the world, including the United States, and successful treatment of gonorrhoea is becoming more difficult. CDC now recommends dual therapy (i.e. using two drugs) for the treatment of gonorrhoea, usually with azithromycin and ceftriaxone. Persons with gonorrhoea should be tested for other STDs.

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Although medication will cure the infection, it will not repair any permanent damage done by the disease. People who have had gonorrhoea and have been treated can get the disease again if they have sexual contact with persons infected with gonorrhoea. If symptoms continue even after completing antibiotics, he or she should return for reevaluation.