Gonorrhoea is a bacterium that causes an infection in the urethra, cervix, anus, throat, or eye.
It is easily transmissible through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex and can also be transmitted through touching an infected area and then touching yourself.
Most people will not have any symptoms, especially with an infection in the throat or anus. Gonorrhoea most commonly infects the urethra or cervix and symptoms usually develop within 1-3 days (men) and within 10 days (women).
- Thick white or yellow discharge from the penis
- An unusual vaginal discharge
- Pain/discomfort when urinating
- Redness around the opening of the penis
- Vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Anal discharge and discomfort
- Dry, sore throat
- Pain and itching during bowl movements
If left untreated in women, it can spread to the uterus and fallopian tubes resulting in Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) which can cause infertility.
Testing is through a swab test and gonorrhoea can be treated by antibiotics, symptoms usually easing within 24hrs