Treatment of Gonorrhea in Men

By Blazma

Gonorrhea does not go away on its own; it requires medical treatment. How is gonorrhea treated in men? Keep reading to find out the answer.

How is Gonorrhea Treated in Men?

The treatment of gonorrhea in men is similar to that in women, and it is typically managed with antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends treating uncomplicated gonorrhea with a single injection of the antibiotic ceftriaxone, with the dosage depending on the patient’s weight as follows:

  • 500 milligrams of ceftriaxone if the patient weighs less than 150 kilograms.
  • 1 gram of ceftriaxone if the patient weighs more than 150 kilograms.

However, if the patient is allergic to ceftriaxone, the doctor will prescribe 240 milligrams of gentamicin along with 2 grams of the oral antibiotic azithromycin.

The doctor may also recommend adding doxycycline for seven days as a precaution against a potential chlamydia infection.

It is crucial to note that gonorrhea cannot be treated with home remedies or over-the-counter medications. Patients must adhere to the treatment plan prescribed by their doctor.

Can Gonorrhea Be Completely Cured?

Yes, gonorrhea can be cured with prompt treatment. Antibiotics can eliminate the bacteria causing the infection. However, the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains poses a challenge to successful treatment. 

To prevent this, it is essential to complete all prescribed medications according to the doctor’s instructions, even if symptoms improve.

Important Information About Gonorrhea Treatment

Continuing our discussion on gonorrhea treatment, here are some key points to remember:

  • Symptoms typically improve and disappear within a few days of starting treatment, although pelvic or testicular pain may take up to two weeks to fully resolve.
  • If symptoms persist for an extended period after treatment, it is important to consult a doctor.
  • After receiving antibiotic treatment for gonorrhea, it is advised to avoid sexual intercourse for at least a week to prevent transmitting the infection to a partner.
  • Three months after treating gonorrhea, the CDC recommends getting tested for gonorrhea again to ensure that there is no reinfection, which is possible if the partner has not been treated.
  • While treatment can eliminate the bacteria, it cannot reverse any damage caused by the infection before treatment, such as complications.
  • Treatment does not protect against future gonorrhea infections, so taking preventive measures is crucial.

Finally, it is important to emphasize that the partner should also be tested and treated, even if they do not show symptoms, to prevent reinfection. Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection with a high likelihood of transmission to a partner.

Blazma offers an 11-test STD Disease test package that includes gonorrhea detection, with no specific conditions required for testing.

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