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Gonorrhoea Infection & Symptoms

Gonorrhoea is the 2nd commonest bacterial STI after Chlamydia. It is caused by the bacteria, Neiserria gonorrhoea, which is acquired through oral, anal or vaginal intercourse.

The Illness

50% of women will not have symptoms of gonorrhoea, but in the majority of men, symptoms will be present and can develop from 2 to 10 days after acquiring the infection.

Symptoms in Men

  • Pain/discomfort on passing urine
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Can affect the testicles-causing pain and swelling.
  • Can also cause arthritis to the joints, such as the knee.

Symptoms in Women

  • Pain on passing urine
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Bleeding in between periods
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Pain on intercourse
  • Lower abdominal or pelvic pain

In women, untreated Gonorrhoea infection can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, which may damage the fallopian tubes. This is a risk factor for ectopic pregnancies (where the pregnancy occurs outside the womb) and infertility.

As well as affecting the genital region, Gonorrhoea can also cause infection of the throat and rectum, which is particularly likely to occur after oral intercourse and anal intercourse respectively.

Diagnosis of Gonorrhoea

The test of choice is the NAAT test (Nucleic acid amplification test), as it is highly sensitive. This can be performed on a urine sample in men (as long as the bladder has not been emptied for 1 hour) or a swab from the vagina in women. For individuals with rectal or throat symptoms or who have had anal or rectal exposure, a rectal swab or a throat swab should also be performed.


Gonorrhoea is treated with a single injection of an antibiotic. it is advised to have a follow up test done 2-3 weeks later to check the infection has cleared. Abstain from sexual intercourse until seven days after you and your partner(s) have completed treatment We would also recommend getting a full sexual health screening and it is important that you inform all sexual partners within the last 3 months.

Treatment for Gonorrhoea is only available at CityDoc Moorgate / Shard / Canary Wharf. There is a mandatory Sexual health consultation fee if no sexual screen is purchased plus treatment fee.

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