What is Gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is an infection spread by unprotected sexual intercourse.

How do I know I’ve got it?

Half of women with gonorrhoea have no symptoms (5 out of every 10 women)
If men have gonorrhoea infection in their penis about 90% will have some symptoms
The simple answer is to get tested.

Some symptoms that may suggest you have Gonorrhoea are:


  • Pain passing urine
  • Change in your discharge
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Pain during sex
  • Sore throat


  • Pain passing urine
  • Discharge from your penis
  • Pain in your testicles
  • Rectal pain and discharge
  • Sore throat

How do you get it?

  • Through direct contact with someone with the infection, through unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sexual intercourse (sex with no condom)
  • Sharing sex toys
  • Infection can also be spread from your genitals to your eyes
  • An infected mother can pass it to her baby’s eyes and throat at birth. It could also affect other areas such as the baby's joints.

Where can I get tested?

  • Your GP
  • Sexual Health clinic

What is the treatment?

  • Antibiotics will get rid of the Gonorrhoea.
  • Avoid having sex until 1 week after you and your partner(s) have been treated.
  • You will need a repeat test to ensure your infection is gone, your doctor/nurse will advise you if this is necessary.

What if I don't get treated?

  • Untreated Gonorrhoea could be passed on to sexual partners
  • Untreated infection can affect the joints and skin
  • Infection can spread to the pelvis leading to longterm problems such as pelvic pain and reduced fertility

Sexual partners

It is essential that your sexual partner(s) are treated. You can discuss this with the health adviser who can help you talk to your partner to get them tested and treated.


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