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Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmissible infection (STI). This page outlines the symptoms and treatment for gonorrhoea.

What is it?

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection of the genitals, throat or rectum. Gonorrhoea can cause infertility in both men and women.

How do you get it?

You can get gonorrhoea through unprotected (no condom) vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has the infection. It can also be spread from mother to baby during birth.

What are the symptoms?

There may be no symptoms in men or women.

For women:

  • vaginal discharge
  • bleeding between periods
  • lower abdominal pain
  • pain during sex.

For men:

  • pain when weeing (urinating)
  • discharge from the penis or rectum
  • pain in the testicles (balls).

How is it treated?

Gonorrhoea is treated with two antibiotics together. This is important because many of the gonorrhoea bugs are resistant to the usual antibiotics.

How will this impact my partner/s?

Sexual partners should be contacted and treated. Sex should be avoided until both you and your partners/s have had treatment.

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