Gonorrhoea is sometimes called ‘Gono’ or ‘The Clap’ and can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics if caught early. Regular STI testing and condom use helps protect against Gonorrhoea.
Are there any symptoms?
Symptoms can be different depending on where the infection is
In the urethra (the bit of the penis where pee comes out), you may notice pain when urinating or an unusual discharge
In the anus, there may be wetness (discharge), pain, or bleeding
You can catch Gonorrhoea via oral sex which can lead to getting the infection in the throat, but it’s unlikely you will have any symptoms here
In the vagina, there may be unusual discharge, pain when urinating, or pain during sex. If left untreated, it can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) which may make it hard to get pregnant
What is Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is an STI caused by a bacteria called Neisseria Gonorrhoeae.
How do you catch Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is transmitted through sexual fluids. You can catch gonorrhoea by having oral, vaginal, or anal sex without a condom, with someone who has Gonorrhoea. You can catch and pass on Gonorrhoea even when you don’t notice any symptoms, which is why regular STI testing is so important.
How can you prevent Gonorrhoea?
Use condoms during oral, vaginal or anal sex to stop you catching or passing on Gonorrhoea
If you or your partner are taking antibiotic pills to treat gonorrhoea, make sure you don’t have sex, even using a condom, until 7 days after finishing the antibiotics
Always finish your entire course of antibiotics
Testing and treatment for Gonorrhoea
Gonorrhoea can be tested by a urine sample, a self-collected vaginal swab, or sometimes a throat swab or self-collected anal swab. If you’re having any symptoms, you’ll also need to be examined.