Because gonorrhea is a bacterial infection, it is treated with antibiotics. Dr. Alvarado, can you tell us more?
Sure, Dr. Mayzik. Experts recommend dual therapy, or using two antibiotic medications, to treat gonorrhea. One is delivered as an injection, and the other as an oral medication. Dual therapy is recommended in most cases because some strains of gonorrhea have become resistant to certain antibiotics. This is called antimicrobial resistance, and it makes gonorrhea increasingly difficult to treat.
It's also important to know that even when antibiotics successfully treat the infection, they cannot reverse or repair any permanent damage already caused by gonorrhea.
In order to prevent the spread of infection, patients being treated for gonorrhea should avoid having sex until the dual therapy regimen is completed, and the infection has cleared up.