Gonorrhea primary prevention

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Sara Mehrsefat, M.D. [2]


Effective measures for the primary prevention of gonococcal infection include accurate risk assessment and counseling, practicing abstinence, avoiding high-risk sexual behaviors (e.g., having unprotected sex or multiple sexual partners), using latex condoms, and being in a long-term monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.[1][2][3]


Effective measures for the primary prevention of gonococcal infection include:[1][2][3]

  • Accurate risk assessment, education, and counseling
    • High-intensity behavioral counseling for all sexually active adolescents and for adults at increased risk for STDs and HIV
    • Videos and large-group presentations
  • Practicing abstinence
  • Avoiding high-risk sexual behaviors such as having unprotected sex or multiple sexual partners
  • Using latex condoms consistently and correctly
  • Being in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner


  1. 1.0 1.1 Centers for Disease Control and Pevention. clinical prevention guidance (2015). http://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/clinical.htm Accessed on September 25, 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 LeFevre ML. USPSTF: behavioral counseling interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections. Ann Intern Med 2014;161:894–901.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Warner L, Stone KM, Macaluso M, et al. Condom use and risk of gonorrhea and Chlamydia: a systematic review of design and measurement factors assessed in epidemiologic studies. Sex Transm Dis 2006;33:36–51.

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