What is Gonorrhea Treatment?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is caused by infection with the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It infects warm, moist areas of the body, including the urethra (the tube that drains urine from the urinary bladder),the eyes, throat, vagina, anus, reproductive tract (the fallopian tubes, cervix, and uterus in women)
Gonorrhea spreads through semen or vaginal fluids during unprotected sexual contact, heterosexual or homosexual, with an infected
vaginal or anal sex with an infected partner oral sex, although this is less common sharing sex toys touching parts of the body with fingers (for example, touching the private parts and then the eyes) any very close physical contact the bacteria can be passed from hand to hand (very rare isolated cases) from a mother to her baby at birth.
Modern antibiotics make it possible to cure gonorrhea infection in most instances. The emergence of drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea
is a growing challenge. Most states provide free diagnosis and treatment at state-sponsored health clinics. Healthcare professionals
will usually give an injection of strong antibiotic upon diagnosis. Some follow-up may also be necessary.
It is important to take all of your antibiotics even if you feel better. Also, never take someone else's medication to treat your illness. By doing so, you may make the infection more difficult to treat. In addition,
- Tell anyone you have had sex with recently that you are infected. This is important because gonorrhea may have no symptoms. Women, especially, may not have symptoms and may not seek testing or treatment unless alerted by their sex partners.
- Don't have sex until you have completed taking all of your medicine.
- Always use condoms when having sex.