What are the other risks of unprotected sex that should be included in patient education about gonorrhea?

Updated: Jun 15, 2021
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Patients should also be counseled about the additional risks of unprotected sex, including the acquisition of more serious or lifelong infections such as herpes, hepatitis B, and HIV, and, of course, about the risks of pregnancy. The emotional aspect of sexual relationships may also need to be addressed, especially in teenage girls. Teenagers are vulnerable in that they are sexually mature but not yet emotionally mature.

For patient education information, see the Sexual Health Center, as well as Sexually Transmitted DiseasesGonorrhea, and Chlamydia.

Patient education materials are also available at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website (Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Gonorrhea) and from many local public health departments.


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