Treated with antibiotics, gonorrheal infections can be cured 95% to 99% of the time.
Complications if gonorrhea is not treated include
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (20% to 40% of women)
- Chronic pelvic pain and sterility from tubal adhesions, which cause the Fallopian tubes to become blocked
- Meningitis (inflammation of the brain) or perihepatitis (infection of the liver capsule)
- Chlamydia, another sexually transmitted disease, often accompanies gonorrheal infections.
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
CDC.gov. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2006.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2015
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