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Gonorrhea (cont.)

Gonorrhea Prognosis

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
  • Arthritis
  • 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

REFERENCES: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2006.
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2015

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