Gonorrhoea is treated with antibiotics. In most cases a single dose of an injection called ceftriaxone and a single dose of tablets called azithromycin usually cures gonorrhoea.
- If the infection is more serious, you may need to take tablets for up to 2 weeks.
- Often chlamydia and gonorrhoea occur together, so you may be given treatment for both infections.
Carefully follow your doctor's advice about medication. Even if you feel better, finish all the antibiotics. Symptoms may improve in a few days but the bacteria may still be in your body.
Use of condoms during the treatment period
- If you receive single-dose treatment, you should avoid sex without a condom for 7 days after treatment and until 7 days after your partner has been treated. This is to prevent getting reinfected or passing the infection on to someone else.
- If you are using a combined oral contraceptive pill may need to use an additional method of contraception. Ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are unsure.
After completing the treatment, go back to your healthcare provider after 3 months for a final check-up to make sure the infection is completely cleared and that you haven't been re-infected. If your symptoms don’t go away with treatment go back to your healthcare provider for review.