Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae which typically resides in penile discharge or vaginal fluids.
The infection can be spread through unprotected anal, oral or vaginal sex, affecting the cervix, urethra, rectum, throat (in rare cases) and eyes. Gonorrhoea can also be passed on to a baby from a pregnant woman, which, if left untreated, can cause the child to be born with complications.
Not everyone who is infected will experience any noticeable symptoms. Symptoms of gonorrhoea infection include:
Infections in the eyes, throat or rectum can occur, resulting in discomfort, pain, swelling and discharge. Infections in the throat generally exhibit no symptoms.
Many STIs, such as gonorrhoea, can be prevented by practising safe sex. Preventive measures can include:
If you believe you have gonorrhoea, you can get tested at your local sexual health or genitourinary (GUM) clinic, or you could ask your GP about nearby places which offer testing.
Some antenatal and gynaecology services may offer tests, too.
The treatment for gonorrhoea usually involves a single injection of an antibiotic and an antibiotic tablet. After this treatment, your symptoms should clear up after a couple of days.
It's important to note that the treatment does not build up a tolerance in your body which means that you are susceptible to catching gonorrhoea again.
In the occurrence that an injection cannot be given, an alternative treatment for gonorrhoea can be given, which involves taking two antibiotics (Suprax and Azithromycin) together as a one-time dose.
After treatment, you should temporarily abstain from sex until a second test can confirm that the infection has been cleared from your body. A follow-up appointment should be attended to determine whether the infection has been eradicated.
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