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How is gonococcal infection treated?

Q: I am 35 years old and have developed genital ulcer and the doctor asked me get tested for gonococci the result of, which is positive. Is this curable and how dangerous is it? What medication should be taken for gonococci?

A:Gonococcal infection produces urethritis and not ulcers. In urethritis there is pus discharge from the urethra and burning on passage of urine. It is a sexually transmitted disease and is curable. Antibiotics commonly used are ceftriaxone, tetracylines, erythromycin, etc. However the sensitivity varies from region to region. As far as dangers are concerned, if untreated the infection can travel up to the testes and damage them. Stricture of urethra is another troublesome complication.


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