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How to Cure Gonorrhea Without Going to the Doctor

Every week or so, we send out a newsletter to our thousands of subscribers after which we get to see which articles you’re most interested in. Our cannabis-themed articles are always a big hit, which is not surprising considering how popular that investment theme has been. However, what we were surprised to see is just how many of you found our article on curing HPV so interesting. What that tells us so far is that lots of you like to smoke weed and get laid, so it sounds like you have your priorities straight.

As a result of our recent Know Your Customer (KYC) findings, we decided to see what other sort of STD-related articles we could send your way. What we were quite surprised to see is just how many people search Google for the phrase “how to cure gonorrhea without going to the doctor.” That’s actually the search phrase people are using – “how to cure gonorrhea without going to the doctor” – and it’s one of the longest long-tail keywords we’ve ever seen. Not only that, but it’s also one of the worst ideas we’ve seen since the $299 pet food dish that helps improve your dog’s memory. So, we’re going to cover this as part of our “When Will There be a Cure ” series – because if people keep trying to treat themselves, soon there might “not” be a cure for gonorrhea.

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How to Cure Gonorrhea Without Going to the Doctor

Firstly, the good news. Gonorrhea is easily cured in the vast majority of cases. The bad news is, the price to get cured is having to admit to the doctor that you were – most likely – reckless and irresponsible during your last sexual encounter. That, or you’re just a huge nymphomaniac who always practices safe sex and the numbers caught up to you. Firstly, let’s try to understand what happens when you go to the doctor with gonorrhea symptoms (pain, burning when urinating, discharge, etc.)

We spoke with several doctors about their approach to treating patients who possibly have gonorrhea, both in the United States and out. We also reviewed more than a dozen anecdotal cases, and while every doctor’s approach may differ, here’s generally what you can expect. (Note: This one is written from the perspective of “the lads.” Ladies, you’re much smarter than this. Just go see your OBGYN.)

  • After some risky sexual experience that you regret almost immediately, you realize that there is something strange going on “down there.” Could burn when you urinate, could be a discharge, could be both.
  • When you arrive in the examination room, the doctor will inquire about your risky sexual behavior, something which you will then begin to significantly underplay
  • Usually, the Doctor will then do one of two things:
    • Do a painful swab of your urethra so they can do a test for STDs and then prescribe antibiotics
    • Prescribe antibiotics and tell you to come back later if the problem doesn’t clear up
  • Since chlamydia and gonorrhea have overlapping symptoms, there’s no way to tell which condition you have without getting a test
  • Given what we just said, it’s 3X more likely you have chlamydia, not gonorrhea, since both manifest similar symptoms.
    (At first we thought, what sort of moron searches for the term “how to cure gonorrhea without going to the doctor” without even knowing they have gonorrhea for sure? Not even a doctor can tell if someone has gonorrhea without doing a test first. Turns out, it doesn’t matter so much. Read on.)
  • In the majority of cases, the antibiotic you will be given is azithromycin which is sold under the brand name “Zithromax.” That’s because it’s a first-line treatment for both chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Now you can see why what you think you contracted doesn’t matter so much. At least not when the doctor decides to blast the crap out of it with 1,000 milligrams of Zithromax. You could have contracted chlamydia, gonorrhea, or a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), and Zithromax will generally clear up any or all of those. That’s why it’s such a popular treatment, and a 1,000 milligram dose of Zithromax is the CDC-recommended first-line treatment for both chlamydia and gonorrhea (note that for gonorrhea, the CDC also recommends a shot of cephalosporin or oral cefixime). Since you have no idea what STD you actually have without going to a doctor and getting tested, you can just spray and pray with Zithromax, except you don’t have to pray very hard because 1,000 milligrams of Zithromax usually clears things up. At least it used to until recently.

Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea

We’re actually in a very dangerous time for gonorrhea because it’s becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Some countries are now finding cases of the infection that are untreatable by all known antibiotics. According to the World Health Organization, they’re now finding “widespread resistance to ciprofloxacin [97% of countries that reported data in that period found drug-resistant strains], increasing resistance to azithromycin [81%], and the emergence of resistance to the current last-resort treatment: the extended-spectrum cephalosporins (ESCs) oral cefixime or injectable ceftriaxone [66%].”

As for new treatments, the pipeline isn’t looking so good says the WHO:

The R&D pipeline for gonorrhoea is relatively empty, with only 3 new candidate drugs in various stages of clinical development: solithromycin, for which a phase III trial has recently been completed; zoliflodacin, which has completed a phase II trial; and gepotidacin, which has also completed a phase II trial.

The development of new antibiotics is not very attractive for commercial pharmaceutical companies. Treatments are taken only for short periods of time (unlike medicines for chronic diseases) and they become less effective as resistance develops, meaning that the supply of new drugs constantly needs to be replenished.

Ironically, the whole problem stems from the over-availability of antibiotics.

The Problem with Antibiotics

We’ve written before about the emergence of “antibiotic-resistant superbugs” and how the main cause for their emergence is the overuse of antibiotics. It’s not surprising that the Americans, a culture that loves their pills as much as they love their fast food, are guilty of oversubscribing to antibiotics at an almost alarming rate. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), healthcare providers in the United States prescribed 270.2 million antibiotic prescriptions—equivalent to 836 antibiotic prescriptions per 1000 persons – in 2016. They’re handing out antibiotics like candy over there:

The problem also exists in other countries, though it’s not the doctors that are causing it. Take Hong Kong for example. You can walk into the biggest pharmacy in the center of town and walk out with Zithromax without anyone batting an eyelid, not to mention any number of other drugs you might be after. The same holds true for countries like Thailand and the Philippines, for obvious reasons.

Every country’s drug rules differ, but in many countries around the world you can just ask for Zithromax and receive it. The Telegraph published an article that talks about a study that looked at seven years of antibiotics sales from pharmacies around the world and concluded that “the supply of antibiotics without a prescription in community pharmacies is a global problem” and that South America is the region of the world where patients are most often able to obtain antibiotics without prescriptions (87% of cases). While it may have initially sounded like a good idea to give everyone availability to antibiotics, it’s kind of backfiring now.

Conclusion

The first time you cure that strange discharge you acquired in the Bangkok suburbs with a 1,000 milligram blast of Zithromax from some shady Thai pharmacist, you might be tempted to think that you found an easy way out. However, common sense tells us that it’s completely irresponsible to try and cure an STD without going to the doctor, and hopefully, this article helps to explain why.

We’ve managed to collect a fair amount of “tribal knowledge” regarding this topic over the years, and find that the practice of self-treatment is not uncommon in other countries given the easy availability of antibiotics – coupled with “Dr. Google” – and it’s best you understand the risks before going down this path. Of course, it’s equally important that you try and be more responsible so as not to acquire the problem in the first place. But as a wise man once said, bad decisions make great stories.

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