Many people with gonorrhoea have no symptoms, it is important therefore to test regularly and when changing partners.
When symptoms do occur, they can include:
They can also cause pain when urinating and discharge from the end of the penis.
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.
Gonorrhoea can be easily treated with antibiotics.
Condoms can help prevent gonorrhoea. These are available from your nearest axess clinic, or you can order them for free here.
Testing each time you change your sexual partner can help reduce the spread of all STIs.
It is possible for people with a cervix to experience long term problems from untreated gonorrhoea, these include reduced fertility or an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy.
For people with a penis, it can cause infections in the testicles.