Sexually Transmitted Infections: Gonorrhea


Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported communicable disease in the United States, with 820,000 new infections occurring each year. 

CDC Fact Sheet on Gonorrhea - Detailed fact sheets are intended for physicians and individuals with specific questions about STIs. Detailed fact sheets include specific testing and treatment recommendations as well as citations so the reader can research the topic more in depth. 


Signs/symptoms, prevention, and treatment – provides information for parents, patients, and families on STIs, both in general and on specific STIs. 

STIs in Adolescents from the AAP Red Book, the authority on pediatric infectious diseases, regarding epidemiology, evaluation, management, prevention, and treatment of STIs in adolescents  


The best way to prevent a gonococcal infection is abstinence from anal, oral, and vaginal sex. However, use of male latex condoms is a good way to reduce the risk of getting or giving gonorrhea. 

Here are some guidelines for preventing and screening for gonorrhea:  

  • Condom Use policy statement (AAP)– This statement was developed to assist pediatricians in understanding and supporting the use of condoms when counseling adolescents about preventing STIs.  

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea screening recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force - The USPSTF found inadequate evidence that screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea reduces complications of infection and transmission or acquisition of either disease or HIV in men. 


Gonococcal Infection Treatment (from 2015 CDC STD Treatment Guidelines)

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