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Gonococcal arthritis

  • Alternative Names

    Disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI)


    The gonorrhea infection must be treated. For detailed information about treating this disease, see gonorrhea.

    There are two aspects of treating a sexually transmitted disease, especially one as easily spread as gonorrhea. The first is to cure the infected person. The second is to locate, test, and treat all sexual contacts of the infected person to prevent further spread of the disease.

    Some locations allow you to take counseling information and treatment to your partner(s) yourself. In other locations, the health department will contact your partner(s).

    A standardized treatment routine is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Your health care provider will determine the best and most up-to-date treatment. A follow-up visit 7 days after treatment is important, if the infection was complicated, to recheck blood tests and confirm that the infection was cured.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Symptoms usually improve within 1 to 2 days of starting treatment. Full recovery can be expected.


    Untreated, this condition may lead to persistent joint pain.

    For information on other gonorrhea-related complications, see gonorrhea.

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of gonorrhea or gonococcal arthritis.