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What is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhea can cause infections in the mucous membranes of the genitals, rectum, and throat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 820,000 new gonococcal infections occur in the United States each year.
Gonorrhea has progressively developed resistance to nearly every drug used to treat it and has been labeled an urgent public health threat by the CDC.
How does gonorrhea spread?
Who is at risk for gonorrhea?
What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?
What are the complications of untreated gonorrhea?
Is there any treatment for gonorrhea?
Antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhea much harder to treat. Where it once could be treated with a simple course of antibiotics, there is currently only one treatment option available for gonorrhea. According to the CDC, recommended treatment involves a combination of two drugs: an injection of ceftriaxone and an oral dose of azithromycin. It is important to take these medications exactly as instructed by your prescriber. If your symptoms continue for more than a few days after receiving treatment, return to your healthcare provider.