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What is Gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection and is passed from one person to another by having sex without a condom. This includes vaginal, anal or oral sex. Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhoea regardless of age or gender.

How will I know if I have Gonorrhoea?

Some people, particularly women, do not have any symptoms.

Men with gonorrhoea may notice green or yellow fluid coming out of the penis and/or a burning sensation when peeing. There may also be some discomfort or swelling of the testicles.

Around 75% of women do not have any obvious symptoms although some women may notice an increased and/or discoloured discharge from the vagina, pain in the tummy or pain when peeing. Sometimes women can also have bleeding in between periods or after sex.

How do I test for Gonorrhoea?

It is easy to test for Gonorrhoea – a urine test for men and a self taken vaginal swab for women may be all that is required. Results are usually available within 2 weeks.

If you have symptoms, the health care professional may recommend that you have a swab test as well. A swab test uses a very small cotton-bud to collect a specimen from the vagina or penis. This can allow a quicker diagnosis and treatment.Your GP can offer testing too. 

How is Gonorrhoea treated?

If you test positive for Gonorrhoea you will be offered treatment with antibiotics. It is easy to treat although some types of antibiotics do not work on some types of Gonorrhoea.

How do I protect myself in the future?

Once you have been treated use condoms with all new partners until you have both had a sexual health check. Condoms are the best way to prevent all STIs including gonorrhoea.