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GONORRHOEA

It is a curable sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a kind of germ called Neisseria gonorrhoea usually in young people < 25 years, and homosexuals.

HOW DO I GET INFECTED?

  • unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex (or sharing sex toys) with someone that has gonorrhoea
  • from an infected mother to her baby at birth
  • sometimes from genitals to fingers to eyes where it may cause an eye infection (conjunctivitis)

HOWEVER Gonorrhoea cannot be caught by kissing, or from swimming pools, or toilet seats.

HOW DO I KNOW I MAY BE INFECTED?

In some women there may be:

  • bleeding between periods or after sex
  • lower abdominal pain particularly during sex
  • burning pain when urinating
  • increased vaginal discharge

This infection can spread to the womb and other places possibly leading to infertility if not treated.

Men will usually notice:

  • a discharge from the tip of the penis
  • a burning pain when passing urine

Symptoms in men usually appear within 2-5 days of catching the infection.

In men the infection can spread to the testicles leading to pain and swelling, if not treated.

HOPE

Antibiotics is highly effective for treatment if taken correctly.

The antibiotics don’t interfere with your contraception.

CAUTION

  • You must not have sex until you and your partner have taken your treatment (this includes oral sex and sex with condoms). And another test has shown that the infection is completely gone.
  • Because gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection it is important that your current partner(s) are tested for gonorrhoea and other STIs too.