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In most cases this treatment is curative, but since gonorrhoea may lurk in the body it is essential that you re-attend the doctor, or the hospital clinic, for follow-up. Seven days after receiving the penicillin you pass a specimen of urine, which is examined by the doctor, who also takes further smears from the urethra. In the case of homosexual men, specimens are taken from the rectum for examination. The smears are examined under a microscope and ‘cultured’ to make sure that no gonococci are present. Some men treated for gonorrhoea develop a urethral discharge between 5 and 25 days after receiving treatment. This is due to another sexually transmitted disease, which infected them at the same time. It is called non-specific urethritis, and is discussed below.
If the examination shows that the man is still infected with gonorrhoea, it may be that he has been infected by one of the penicillin-resistant varieties of the gonococcus, which are causing so much concern. Other antibiotics are available to combat these strains.
Whether gonococci are found or not, smears have to be taken each week for three weeks after the course of injections has been completed. If any of them show that gonorrhoea is still present, a second course of antibiotics is given. A final check is made 3 months after the disease was diagnosed. Smears are again made, and a sample of the person’s blood is tested for syphilis. If no gonococci are found, and the blood test for syphilis is negative, the man is considered cured.