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Is Gonorrhea Curable and What Is Gonorrhea Treatment?

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a prevalent and concerning health issue in the United States, affecting millions of individuals each year. Among these infections, gonorrhea is a common and treatable bacterial STI. However, understanding gonorrhea treatment and its curability is of paramount importance for individuals who may be at risk.

American Family Care (AFC) is dedicated to providing valuable insights and expert healthcare services, making it a reliable source for answers to your questions about gonorrhea. From testing to treatment, AFC is committed to your health and well-being.

What Is Gonorrhea?


Gonorrhea is a prevalent and easily transmissible STI caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhea can cause infection in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is very common in young people ages 15-24 years. 

Gonorrhea is transmitted through sexual contact with an infected individual. This can occur through vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has gonorrhea. Even if an infected person does not display noticeable symptoms, they can still pass the infection on to their sexual partners. Having unprotected sex is a high-risk behavior for transmission. A pregnant person with gonorrhea can give the infection to their baby during childbirth. 

Common Gonorrhea Symptoms


The symptoms of gonorrhea can vary, and many people with gonorrhea do not have symptoms. If a woman with gonorrhea has symptoms, they are often mild and can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. 

Symptoms in women can include:

  • Painful or burning sensation when peeing
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods

Symptoms in men can include:

  • A burning sensation when peeing
  • A white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis
  • Painful or swollen testicles (although this is less common) 

Rectal infections can cause symptoms in both men and women:

  • Discharge
  • Anal itching
  • Soreness
  • Bleeding
  • Painful bowel movements


See your healthcare provider if you notice any of these symptoms. You should also see a healthcare provider if your partner has an STD or symptoms of one. Symptoms can include an unusual sore, a smelly discharge, burning when peeing, or bleeding between periods. 


It is also important to note that many people infected with gonorrhea do not experience symptoms. Regular testing is important to prevent the spread of gonorrhea, and untreated gonorrhea can cause serious health problems. 

Gonorrhea Treatment Options


Gonorrhea can be cured with the right treatment. Antibiotics can successfully treat gonorrhea; however, the bacteria have developed resistance to many of the antibiotics used for treatment. Antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhea is of increasing concern, and successful treatment is becoming more difficult.  


Preferred regimen for Neisseria gonorrhoeae:

  • Ceftriaxone: IM ceftriaxone is the preferred regimen for treating gonorrhea. It is often used in combination with another antibiotic to treat possible co-infections, such as chlamydia.
  • Alternative regimens are available if ceftriaxone administration is not available or feasible. 

It’s crucial to take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed by a healthcare provider, even if symptoms improve before the medication is finished. Although medication will stop the infection, it will not repair any permanent damage done by the disease.

Walk-in STD Testing at AFC


At AFC, we understand the importance of easy access to sexual health services. We offer walk-in STD testing services to provide a convenient and confidential option for those seeking to get tested for gonorrhea, as well as other common STDs.

AFC is well-equipped to handle all aspects of sexual health, including testing, diagnosis, and treatment of STDs. Our healthcare professionals are knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted infections. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic methods to provide accurate results, allowing for timely treatment if necessary.

Simply visit AFC, and our friendly and experienced healthcare professionals will assist you. Whether you have specific concerns or are interested in routine testing, AFC is here to help.

We understand that privacy is a top concern for those seeking STD testing. AFC places a strong emphasis on patient confidentiality. Your personal information and test results are kept secure, and we ensure your peace of mind throughout the testing process.

In addition to gonorrhea, AFC offers testing for various other STDs, including chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, herpes, and more. You can opt for comprehensive STD testing to ensure your overall sexual health is in check. Testing for multiple infections is particularly important because some individuals may have co-infections, and it helps in more accurate diagnoses and appropriate treatment plans.


Once you’ve been tested, you won’t have to wait long for your results. AFC aims to provide swift results, allowing for timely treatment and peace of mind. If your test results are positive, our healthcare professionals will guide you through the treatment process, ensuring you receive the appropriate care.

Take the first step towards a healthier, safer future. Contact an AFC location near you and make your sexual health a priority today.

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