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Sexual Partner Notification Progam - Gonorrhea

University Health Services provides treatment prescriptions for sexual partners of patients who have been diagnosed with gonorrhea. This information is intended for those people.

If this applies to you, please read this information carefully and follow recommendations.

What is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection (STI) that can infect both men and women. Often there are no symptoms, particularly early in the infection. It is important that you be treated, even if you do not have symptoms, in order to prevent complications and to prevent spreading this infection to others.

A prescription for treatment for you may be provided by your partner (see below).

Because you have been exposed to gonorrhea, you should consider being tested for other STI's. This is especially important if you are having any abdominal pain or genital symptoms.

If you are a current University of Texas at Austin (UT) student you can schedule an appointment online by going to MyUHS or by calling (512) 471-4955. If you are not a UT student, call the Austin Travis County STD clinic (ATC-STD) for an appointment at 512-972-5430. You can be examined and treated at ATC-STD, even if you cannot pay.

Tell any sex partners you have been with in the last 2 months to get checked for gonorrhea.

Men and women who have gonorrhea should be retested in 3 to 4 months after treatment to be sure they have not been re-infected. We encourage consistent condom use to prevent STI Infections.

Medication Information

Gonorrhea is cured by taking two antibiotics: cefixime 400mg (one pill) AND azithromycin 1gm (4 pills). TAKE THE ENTIRE DOSE OF BOTH MEDICATIONS AT THE SAME TIME. DO NOT have any kind of sex (oral, anal, or vaginal) with or without condoms for 7 days after you take this medicine.

DO NOT share this medicine; all of the medication prescribed is needed to cure gonorrhea.

DO NOT take this medicine if you have been allergic to any antibiotic in the past. Check with the pharmacist when you have theprescription filled if you have any concerns.

Possible Side Effects

The antibiotic for your treatment has been carefully chosen to be safe and effective. The most common side effect is upset stomach, so take this medication with food. Very rarely is there a rash, fever, or breathing problems related to the medicine. If your symptoms are severe— especially if it is hard to breathe—call 911.

If you have any questions, call the UT Nurse Advice Line at 512-475-6877 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.

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