What Is Gonorrhoea?

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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:

Gonorrhoea 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

Gonorrhoea 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

How do I know If I have Gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is much less common than Chlamydia. You may not know you have it. Women often don’t get symptoms. In men you will usually develop a yellow green discharge from your penis within a few days of being infected. If you have Gonorrhoea orally or anally (in your throat or in your arse ) you probably wont know.  An RUClear test only tests for genital infection.

What is the treatment for Gonorrhoea?

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.

What happens if I don’t get treatment?

Untreated gonorrhoea can cause complications. In women the infection can track up inside and cause pelvic infection.  In men the infection can cause painful swollen balls (testicles).

Do I have to be tested for Gonorrhoea as well as Chlamydia?

Yes, there are a number of tests available used for both infections at the same time.

Can you get Chlamydia from a blow job (oral sex)?

Yes. You can get Chlamydia from giving and receiving oral sex. Most screening tests are only testing for genital chlamydia, if you are worried about a risk from oral sex mention it when you go for a test.

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