April 19, 2019
Cure Chlamydia & Gonorrhea

Cure Chlamydia & Gonorrhea

by Berkeley Wellness  

When a heterosexual woman is diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea, treatment has traditionally included advising her male partner (or partners) to visit a doctor for antibiotics. Now, guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that ob-gyns write prescriptions directly for a woman’s male partner.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most common sexually transmitted diseases (human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection) in the United States. Both infections can lead to infertility and serious pelvic infections in women if they go untreated. A simple urine test can quickly diagnose the problem, and a short course of antibiotics will clear up the infection. It’s important that men be treated to avoid re-infecting a female partner, even if they have no symptoms.

Not every state allows doctors to prescribe antibiotics to people they haven’t examined. Although the practice is permitted in most states, a few states still prohibit it. In response to the current guidelines, more doctors are pushing for legalization in states where it is outlawed.