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Gonorrhoea

What is it?

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that can be caught and passed on by both men and women during sexual contact. The bacteria can be found inside the cells of the throat, the urethra the cervix and the rectum.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can start to show between 1-14 days after coming into contact with the infection although in many cases symptoms don£t show at all. If symptoms do occur, they may include:

In Men

  • A green, yellow or white discharge from the penis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain when having a wee

In Women

  • A green, yellow or watery discharge from the vagina
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Pain when having a wee

Tests and treatment

Gonorrhoea can be detected in a test that involves taking a swab of cells from an area that may be infected; a urine sample may also be required. If the infection is found it can be effectively be treated with antibiotics.

What can happen if its not treated?

It is very unlikely that Gonorrhoea will go by itself and if it is not dealt with it can cause long-term damage. In men it can cause inflamed testicles and in women it can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can lead to blocked fallopian tubes and pelvic pain. In both men and woman it can cause infertility.

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