Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea, or ‘the clap’, is a highly infectious STI. It is caused by a bacterium. Untreated it can have serious consequences.

What is it?

Gonorrhoea is caused by gonococci bacteria. The gonococci lodge themselves in the mucus membranes of the vagina, penis, anus, throat and eyes. The infection can also enter the bloodstream. Gonorrhoea is usually passed on through fucking or oral sex. Cunnilingus carries a small risk. You can also get gonorrhoea from fingering, mutual masturbation or rimming. It is a highly infectious STI, even when someone has no symptoms.

Consequences

Women often experience few or no symptoms. Symptoms are usually clear in men. The first symptoms often appear a few days to a few weeks after catching the STI. If gonorrhoea is untreated, the infection can penetrate further into the body.

  • Women can get inflammation of the fallopian tubes
  • Men can get inflammation of the epididymis
  • Pregnant women can transmit the virus to their baby. The baby can get an eye inflammation as a result.

Symptoms

  • Increased vaginal discharge that can smell or look pus-like
  • Bleeding between menstrual periods
  • The ‘clap’: pus-like discharge from the urethra that is yellow or green in colour
  • Pain or irritation when urinating
  • Irritation or itching around the anus
  • Slimy or pus-like discharge when defecating
  • Throat inflammation or swollen neck glands
  • Other bodily inflammations

Treatment

Gonorrhoea can be effectively treated with an injection of antibiotics. If the symptoms continue, go back to the doctor immediately. The bacteria may have become impervious (resistant) to the antibiotic used.

Advice

  • Go to the doctor for an STI test and treatment
  • Have all parts of your body that might be infected tested, the anus and throat for example
  • Notify sexual partners from the previous six weeks of the symptoms
  • Gonorrhoea but no symptoms? Notify your sexual partners from the last six months
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