Gonorrhoea can be passed on through vaginal, anal, and oral sex.
Many people with gonorrhoea have no symptoms, it is important therefore to test regularly and when changing partners. When symptoms do occur in females they can cause changes in vaginal discharge, pelvic pain or irregular periods. They can also cause pain when urinating and discharge from the end of the penis in males.
Testing is easy and includes a vaginal swab or a urine sample. Depending on your sexual history, you may also be offered rectal and throat swabs.
Gonorrhoea may take two weeks to show up in a test from the time of infection.
Yes. Gonorrhoea can be easily treated with antibiotics.
It is possible for some women to experience long term problems from gonorrhoea, these include reduced fertility or an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. For men it can include infections in the testicles.
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