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Gonorrhea is spread through sexual contact. So the best way to prevent gonorrhea is to get tested regularly and use condoms if you have sex.

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How can I avoid getting gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is spread through sexual fluids like semen (cum), pre-cum, and vaginal fluids. So the best way to avoid gonorrhea and other STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex at all.  But most people have sex at some point in their lives, so knowing how to have safer sex is important. And using protection when you have sex really helps to lower your chances of getting an STD.

Getting tested for STDs regularly is another important way to keep yourself healthy.

How can I make sure I don’t give anyone gonorrhea?

If you find out that you have gonorrhea, don’t freak out. Gonorrhea can be cured, and there are a few ways to make sure you don’t give it to other people.

  • Tell your past and present sexual partners that you have gonorrhea, so they can get tested and treated, too.

  • Don't have sex with ANYONE until you’ve totally finished your treatment.

  • Your sex partners should also be treated before they have sex with anyone, including you.

  • Once you’ve finished your treatment and start having sex again, it’s still a good idea to use condoms every single time you have sex.

Telling someone you have gonorrhea isn’t that fun. But the infection is really, REALLY common and can be easily cured, so try not to be too embarrassed or stressed out about it. Once you get the conversation over with, you can both get treated and get on with your lives.