Method of Treatment: Injectable antibiotics
Length of Treatment: Single dose
+ No sex for 7 days
+ Re-test in 2 weeks
+ Treat partner(s)
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2. Discuss positive result
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FAQs of Gonorrhoea Treatment
Can Gonorrhoea be cured?
Yes. Gonorrhoea can easily be treated and cured.
What is the treatment for Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is mainly treated with a one-off intramuscular injection.
How long does the treatment take to work?
The medication starts to work once inside the body, but it can take a few days to alleviate any symptoms associated with this infection.
Are there any side effects?
Antibiotics are very safe but can cause side effects. They may include:
- nausea (feeling sick)
- stomach cramps/pains
Can I take this with other medications?
Generally, antibiotics can be taken with other medications. However, please make sure you tell the clinician exactly what medication you are taking, so an individualised assessment can be performed.
Can I drink alcohol whilst on Gonorrhoea treatment?
Yes, you can. Ideally, it is best to avoid alcohol when taking antibiotics as this puts less pressure on the liver. If it is an occasion/night out, using alcohol will not affect the medication.
Be mindful of the side effects of antibiotics and alcohol; the medication needs to remain in the body to work against the infection.
How effective is the treatment for Gonorrhoea?
The antibiotic is very effective against Gonorrhoea. However, due to overuse of antibiotics worldwide, some infections become resistant to the medication we use.
This is why we recommend a Test Of Cure for Gonorrhoea at 14 days after treatment to ensure the infection has gone.
Does my partner need treatment?
Yes. Gonorrhoea is an easily transmissible infection so we strongly advise that you inform your current partner(s) to be treated and tested.
It is also advised that you inform any other sexual partner(s) from the last 3 months that you have the infection, so that these people can get tested and treated. This breaks the chain of infection.
Can I begin treatment before receiving my test results?
Treatment can begin before receiving results, especially if you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms. It is really important to have tests before any treatment is commenced so we know if the treatment has worked and whether you need to tell your partner(s) or not.
How long do I have to wait before having sex again?
To be sure the antibiotic has eradicated the infection, we advise no sexual contact for 7 days. If your partner had treatment after you, then it must be 7 days after their treatment.
Do I have to get re-tested after my treatment?
Yes. It is strongly advised to have a Test Of Cure (TOC) 2 weeks after the treatment. This just involves repeat samples from where the infection was diagnosed; throat, vagina, urethra and rectum.
Can I get Gonorrhoea again?
Yes, having unprotected oral,vaginal and anal sex increases the risk.
In fact, getting Gonorrhoea once makes you more susceptible to getting Gonorrhoea again. Using condoms/dams provides the best protection against catching Gonorrhoea.
What happens if I don’t get treated?
The infection will remain in your system and be passed onto any other sexual partners if no condoms/dams are used. In both men and women, inflammation due to the infection in the genital area can cause infertility in the long term.
If untreated in pregnancy, there is some evidence that this can cause miscarriage, preterm (early) delivery. The baby can also become infected with Gonorrhoea during the birthing process, it often causes an eye infection called conjunctivitis.
Ultimately, when left without treatment, Gonorrhoea can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious health problems.
Page reviewed by Dr. Manoj Malu (Clinical Director)
Last reviewed date: 3 March 2020
Next review due: 3 March 2023
Whilst this content is written and reviewed by sexual health specialists, it is for general guidance only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your clinician.
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