Pharmacy Corner
Common STIs – Anywhere but there! Common Questions - Gonorrhea

How do I avoid getting gonorrhea?

Using a condom during sex will reduce your risk of getting gonorrhea. It’s also important to get regular screenings to ensure you and your partner(s) don’t have gonorrohea2. It is never a good idea to have sex with someone who has any unusual symptoms such as pain while urinating and discharge2.

What would happen if I don’t treat it?

Gonorrhea can cause serious problems if untreated. In men, it can cause an infection of the tube that carries sperm from the testicles3. This causes pain, fever and may causeinfertility2,4. In women, gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This can cause abdominal pain, infertility and an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus)2,4.

Gonorrhea may also increase your chance of transmitting or receiving HIV4.

Do I need to tell my partner(s)?

If you have been diagnosed with gonorrhea, you need to tell you sex partner(s) so that they can get tested and treated too, this included anyone you’ve had sex with in the past 60 days3. It is possible they are infected but not showing any symptoms.

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