Gonorrhea: partner treatment

Gonorrhea: partner treatment


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THE gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. This germ can grow and multiply easily in the reproductive system both female (cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes) and male (urethra). In addition, the bacteria can develop in the patient’s mouth, throat, eyes and anus.

  • How to know if I have gonorrhea

  • How gonorrhea is transmitted

  • Treatment for gonorrhea

  • Partner treatment

  • Gonorrhea prevention

How to know if I have gonorrhea

Through the withdrawal of cell sample of the penis, cervix, urethra, anus or throat it is possible to perform laboratory tests to indicate the presence of N. gonorrhoeae. It is also possible to take this exam through urine analysis of the patient.

How gonorrhea is transmitted

Gonorrhea spreads through vaginal, anal and oral sex unprotected. It can also be transmitted mother to son during delivery. On the other hand, there is no risk of contagion through casual relationships with the bacterium carrier, such as kisses and hugs, contact with blood or sharing objects.

Treatment for gonorrhea

The treatment of gonorrhea, if started early and properly, is quite simple and presents high cure rates. Because the disease causing agent is a bacterium, treatment is done with antibiotics, usually taken in a single dose. Most resistant gonorrhea infections are those that require more doses of the drug.

Partner treatment

The sexual partners of a person infected with gonorrhea bacteria should receive treatment for the disease before having sex again. It is also necessary to test for the occurrence of chlamydia, STD usually associated with gonorrhea and that can be treated simultaneously. Partners should be treated at the same time than the person originally infected to prevent further contagion between them. If symptoms persist after the end of treatment, you need to go back to the doctor for a new evaluation.

Gonorrhea prevention

The best way to prevent gonorrhea and any other sexually transmitted disease is to use condom (male, female or both) during sexual intercourse. The contagion of gonorrhea during oral sex is uncommon, but the likelihood of transmission is further reduced with the use of protection also for this type of relationship.

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