Did you know? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2020, it was estimated that 374 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were acquired around the world. Out of which 82 million cases were due to gonorrhea.1 This high prevalence is due to the fact that most people are unaware they have the infection as the symptoms are usually non-specific.
And if left untreated or undiagnosed, these STIs can have a serious impact on the reproductive health of an infected person.1 Having said that, it’s important to remember that timely diagnosis and the right treatment can help the infected person beat gonorrhea!2
Now if you are wondering about how long it takes to fully recover from the infection or what your treatment options are, then continue to read this blog and find answers to all your questions!
Gonorrhea can be cured with the right treatment. Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection.
Antibiotics are usually recommended if:2
However, due to emerging strains of drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae, CDC now recommends that uncomplicated gonorrhea be treated with antibiotics, usually given as an injection.3
For pregnant or breastfeeding women, your doctor may prescribe a different antibiotic treatment.
If you’re treated for gonorrhea, it’s really important for your sexual partners to get treated also. Otherwise, you may pass the infection back and forth, or to other people.4 Sometimes your doctor will give you medicine for both you and your partner.
If you’re getting treated for gonorrhea:
It's important to remember that even if you finish your treatment and the gonorrhea infection is totally cured, it’s possible to get infected again. Gonorrhea isn’t a one-time-only deal. So use condoms regularly.4
Moreover, proactive testing for gonorrhea is the best way to safeguard not just your health but your loved ones too!
Infact, CDC recommends testing for gonorrhea every year for all sexually active men & women.5 And so do we!
With LifeCell's Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea Test - Male and Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea Test - Female you can monitor your sexual health status from the comfort of your home! This enables you & your partner to discreetly test for gonorrhea in simple steps. Just order the kit, self-collect the sample & schedule a sample pickup to get personalized recommendations based on your report.