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Can you get rid of gonorrhea?

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Gonorrhea is treated using antibiotics, and at the end of a course of prescribed antibiotics, the bacteria causing gonorrhea is eradicated from the body and the patient is cured, according to WebMD. However, damage done to the body by the bacteria cannot be reversed, making early detection and treatment important, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

When a person is diagnosed with gonorrhea, it is important that all of the person's sexual partners are treated with antibiotics to prevent re-infection, according to Planned Parenthood. Sexual intercourse should also be avoided for seven days following the completion of all medication, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. The U.S. Center for Disease Control also notes that It is important for patients to complete the entire course of medication when being treated for gonorrhea to ensure that all bacteria is eradicated even if the symptoms dissipate within a few days of taking the medication. Because gonorrhea is becoming harder to treat as a result of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it is important for patients to see their doctor if symptoms do not get better within a few days of beginning treatment, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. Gonorrhea can be contracted more than once, making it important for people to practice safe sex and be tested regularly, according to Planned Parenthood.

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