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The Sexual Health Network, Greater Manchester. NHS

What Is Gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection passed on from one person to another during sex.

Gonorrhoea Symptoms

10% of men and 80% of women have no symptoms but symptoms may include:

In women

  • Vaginal discharge that is different than usual
  • The need to urinate more often
  • Pain when passing urine
  • Pain during sex
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Any irregular bleeding between periods or after sex

In men

  • A white, yellow or green discharge from the tip of the penis
  • Pain and/or burning when passing urine
  • Painful swelling of the testicles

What is the Treatment?

Treatment for gonorrhoea is usually a simple of course of antibiotics.

If your test for gonorrhoea is positive you will be asked to attend a sexual health clinic in a hospital where you will have another test to check what antibiotics the infection will respond to.

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