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A common sexually transmitted disease, gonorrhea has long been treatable by antibiotics. Now, the bacterial infection has become increasingly resistant to medications provided by your gynecologist. Preventing gonorrhea infection is more important than ever before because of this new, treatment-resistant strain.

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To reduce your chances of contracting gonorrhea, use a condom every time you have sex. If you are entering a new relationship, talk to your partner about you both undergoing STD testing before becoming sexually active. Limiting your sexual partners and only having one sexual partner at a time can also reduce your risk of contracting gonorrhea. Keep in mind that approximately 72 million people have gonorrhea , and you can’t tell by looking at someone if they are infected.

Being informed about your sexual health is important for you and your partners. Talk to your gynecologist at Washington Surgi-Clinic to see if STD testing is right for you. We also provide birth control, well woman exams, and abortion services in Washington, D.C. Call us at (202) 659-9403 for more information or to make an appointment.