How common is gonorrhoea in the UK?

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By Steve Page

The prevalence of gonorrhoea in England is low, but there are a few areas where it is more prevalent. A major problem in England is that it is free of charge to visit a sexual health clinic.

Using a gonorrhoea surveillance system and partner notification, researchers have identified clusters of infection, reducing the risk of transmission, re-infection and complications.

how common gonorrhoea uk

However, the rise of’super-gonorrhoea’ has come as a shock to health officials, who have warned that drug treatments are becoming less effective.

In a recent report by Public Health England, scientists discovered that some strains of gonorrhoea have become resistant to key antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin and cefixime. The rise in gonorrhoea is a concern for public health as it is one of the most common STI in the UK.

Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England.

While they are both preventable and curable, gonorrhoea can have serious reproductive and health consequences, including the occurrence of a painful infection called epididymo-orchitis. Untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to a range of complications, including cervical cancer, and can be life-threatening.

If you are infected with gonorrhoea, it is not possible to share objects or kiss someone infected with the disease. Since the bacteria cannot survive outside the body, the symptoms of gonorrhoea are difficult to detect. Some women suffer from painful periods and thick discharge. About 1/10 of infected men don’t experience symptoms. However, if you have any symptoms of the disease, it is recommended to seek medical advice.