Sexually Transmitted Disease Program (STD)
Gonorrhea (Gonococcal Infection) is is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that produces infections in the male and female genital organs, anus, and throat.
You can protect yourself and others from gonorrhea by practicing safer sex. (more)
In order to diagnose and treat gonorrhea, your doctor will take a detailed sexual history, conduct a thorough physical examination, and order several laboratory tests, including a test for HIV. Your doctor will also give you detailed information about how to prevent transmission of gonorrhea to any of your sexual partners.You should tell your sex partner(s) if you have an STD so that your partner(s) can seek medical attention. People who are diagnosed with an STD may be contacted by public health professionals to make sure that their sex partners are counseled, evaluated, and treated.
In collaboration with the CDC and Office of Population Affairs (OPA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Rhode Island offers an Infertility Prevention Project (IPP) that funds chlamydia and gonorrhea screening and treatment services for low-income, sexually active women attending family planning clinics in Rhode Island.
Gonorrhea can be treated and cured with antibiotics. Finish all of the medicine your doctore gives you. Don’t share your medicine with anyone. If you still have symptoms after you finish your medicine, go back to your doctor. You must not have sex until 7 days after both you and your partner have finished all your medications. If your partner starts treatment after you do, wait to have sex until 7 days after your partner completes treatment. If your partner is not treated you will be re-infected very quickly.