Is a bacterial infection.
How is it passed on?
through oral, vaginal or anal sex
not spread by kissing, hugging, sharing baths, towels, cups, swimming pools or toilet seats, as the bacteria can’t survive outside the body for long.
How to avoid Gonorrhoea?
condoms are very effective at preventing gonorrhoea infection. You can order male and female condoms here
regular testing each time you change sexual partner helps reduce the spread of STIs.
Testing and treatment
The Fettle test kit
Gonorrhoea may take two weeks to show up in a test from the time of infection.
Gonorrhoea can be treated with an antibiotic tablet and an antibiotic injection.
You should not have sex until both you and your sexual partner(s) have been treated.
You should re-test for gonorrhoea two weeks after the infection has been treated.
As soon as your test results become available, we will send you a text message to let you know how to get treatment.
Telling your partner
If you have gonorrhoea, you should tell all of your current partners and anyone else that you have had sex with in the last six months. They may have gonorrhoea without knowing, so it is important for them to be tested.
Symptoms and long term effects
Symptoms could occur any time from a few weeks to many months or even years after infection.
Most people have no symptoms - this is why it is important to test regularly, especially if you change partners.
Gonorrhoea can cause pain when passing urine, a change in discharge from the penis or vagina, pelvic pain or irregular periods.
Some women experience reduced fertility or increased risk of ectopic pregnancy.
Some men experience ongoing testicular pain.
Gonorrhoea increases the chance of getting or passing on HIV.