Gonorrhoea

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

The test for gonorrhoea is a vaginal swab or a urine test. We also offer rectal and throat swabs.

Gonorrhoea may take two weeks to show up in a test from the time of infection.

Treatment

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.

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Short term

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.

Long term

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.

Questions

Recurrent Gonorrhoea or untreated Gonorrhoea can affect your fertility. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of the infection is likely to minimise this risk.
They may be able to tell if you have symptoms of infection but not if you don’t. However, you should tell your partner if you have Gonorrhoea as they will need testing and may need treatment.