Gonorrhoea is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections on the planet and regularly affects around 60 million people per year. It is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeabacterium and affects both men and women. Although it is easily curable,if left untreated gonorrhoea can cause a number of serious health problems.

What are the Symptoms of Gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea symptoms normally appear around fourteen days following exposure, although some people become infected but remain symptom-free. Men are far more likely to show obvious symptoms of gonorrhoea, whereas women typically have no symptomsor non-specific symptoms that tend to be attributable to other causes. You can find out more about the symptoms of gonorrhoea and other STIs here: https://onlinedoctor.lloydspharmacy.com/blog/four-stis-you-might-have/.

This article goes into more detail on the difference in symptoms between men and women and will tell you what to look out for.

How CanYou Catch Gonorrhoea?

Like many sexual diseases, Gonorrhoea is normally caught via unprotected vaginal or anal sex with an infected person. This STI disease can also be passed on via oral sex and it is possible to develop a gonorrhoea infection of the throat from giving oral sex to somebody carrying the gonorrhoea infection. The infection can also be passed on by touching infected genitals with fingers or mouths, although this is less common.

What are the Tests for Gonorrhoea?

If you believe you might have been exposed to gonorrhoea, you can be tested by your doctor or at a sexual health clinic.

Testing for a sexually transmitted disease like gonorrhoea is normally done via a physical examination of the genital and pelvic area, followed by swabs of any areas thought to be infected, including the urethra, cervix, anus, or throat. You may also be required to provide a urine sample.

Swabs taken during the examination process will be tested for the presence of the gonorrhoea bacterium, and if this is detected, you will be offered treatment. If a gonorrhoea infection has been confirmed, you may be asked for details of your sexual history so that previous sexual partners can be contacted to advise them of the need to be tested for a sexually transmitted disease (your details will not be passed on by the clinic).

What is the Treatment for Gonorrhoea?

Treatment for a gonorrhoea infection is quick and easy and simply involves taking a course of antibiotics. As long as the course of antibioticsis completed, the infection should be cured, but you may be asked to return for a check-up at a later date to ensure all traces of the gonorrhoea infection have been eradicated.

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What are the Possible Complications of Gonorrhoea?

If left untreated, gonorrhoea can cause many long-term health problems, which is why it is so important that you are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible if you have been exposed to the infection.

Unfortunately, drug-resistantgonorrhoea is becoming a major problem, with several cases reported in recent months.

How Can I Avoid Catching Gonorrhoea?

Practicing safe sex is the most effective way of avoiding a gonorrhoea infection. A correctly used condom will give you more than 99% protection during sexual intercourse, but if you think you might have been exposed to the infection, seek medical advice as soon as possible, even if you have no obvious symptoms.

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