Whether you have tested positive for Gonorrhoea with us or elsewhere, we are able to offer you safe and effective treatment today.
We will, of course, discuss any questions that you may have on your mind and how to ensure your partner get tested and treated to prevent any re-infection.
Method of treatment
Length of treatment
+ Abstain from sexual intercourse for 7 days, after beginning treatment
+ Test & treat your partner(s)
+ Re-test for Gonorrhoea in 2 weeks
Cost of treatment
£160 (or £100 if you tested with us)
Same day appointments
In London & Birmingham
Highly confidential service
And discreetly located clinics
Specialists in sexual health
From busy NHS clinics
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 to treat Gonorrhoea can be taken safely with most commonly used medications. However, we will be able to advise if any extra precautions are needed in your specific circumstances to reduce the side effects. They may include:
- nausea (feeling sick)
- stomach cramps/pains
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?
Yes. Treatment can begin before receiving results, especially if you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms.
However, it is really important to have appropriate specimens taken before any treatment is commenced. This helps in confirming the diagnosis, detect other infections that may require separate treatment, and serve as a baseline for repeat tests 2 weeks later to check for a cure.
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?
Yes. It is strongly advised to have a Test Of Cure (TOC) 2 weeks after receiving the injection. This just involves repeat samples from where the infection was diagnosed; throat, vagina, urethra and rectum.
Can I get the infection 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.
Why be treated at a specialist clinic?
However, and more importantly, we see all sorts of sexual health problems (including those referred to us by GPs) on a daily basis.
This puts us in a helpful position of being able to understand the problems you come to us with and put you on the right path in as little time as possible.
We follow guidelines set by
NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
BASHH British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
BHIVA British HIV Association
FSRH Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
Medicine is a complicated subject and sometimes these guidelines don’t always hold the answers.
For example, treating an STI in a patient who has developed a resistance to routinely used antibiotics.
Unlike most private clinics, we have medical consultants here to help you navigate through such problems and get you on the right track in no time.
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.
References & Further Reading
- NICE: Gonorrhoea
- BASHH: Gonorrhoea Guidelines
- Eurosurveillance: Gonorrhoea treatment failures to cefixime and azithromycin in England, 2010
- BMJ: Effectiveness of gentamicin for gonorrhoea treatment: systematic review and meta-analysis
- Eurosurveillance: First Neisseria gonorrhoeae strain with resistance to cefixime causing gonorrhoea treatment failure in Austria, 2011
- BMJ: Current and future treatment options for gonorrhoea
- Eurosurveillance: Gonorrhoea treatment failure caused by a Neisseria gonorrhoeae strain with combined ceftriaxone and high-level azithromycin resistance, England, February 2018
- Sexual Health: One confirmed and one suspected case of pharyngeal gonorrhoea treatment failure following 500 mg ceftriaxone in Sydney, Australia
- International Journal of STD & AIDS: The outcome of oropharyngeal gonorrhoea treatment with different regimens