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Gonorrhoea is the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the UK right after chlamydia. According to available statistics there was a 15% increase of diagnosis of gonorrhoea in England between 2012 and 2013.
Gonorrhoea is caused by the bacteria Neisseria Gonorrhoea. The bacteria can grow in the cervix, uterus and egg canals in women and urethra in women and men. The infection can also occur in the mouth, throat and anus.
Symptoms occur usually two to ten days from exposure, but in certain cases it can take up to 30 days. Symptoms include burning when urinating, penile / vaginal discharge, swollen glands, swelling of the vulva; painful or swollen testicles. In some women the symptoms can be so mild that they can go unnoticed.
Gonorrhoea if untreated, can cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women and lead to infertility. The infection can also lead to ectopic pregnancy. In men, gonorrhoea can affect the prostate and make urination difficult.
Testing for gonorrhoea is quick and painless. You will receive your results the next working day.
Gonorrhoea testing checklist:
Turnaround time: 24 hours
Sample required: urine and/or swab
Before appointment: hold urine for 2 hours
What is gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria Neisseria Gonorrhoea.
How is chlamydia transmitted?
Gonorrhoea is transmitted through unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex.
Why is gonorrhoea dangerous?
If untreated, gonorrhoea in men can develop into a painful infection of the testicles and can reduce fertility. It also can affect prostate and complicate urination. In women it can spread to reproductive organs causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID in later stages can lead to infertility or ectopic pregnancy.
When should I get tested?
You should get tested if you have had unprotected sex. You also should immediately get tested if you notice any symptoms or your partner informs you that they were tested positive for gonorrhoea.
What is important to know before being tested?
For accuracy of your results you should hold urine for 2 hours prior to the appointment. All the other details of testing you can discuss with the doctor during your appointment.
How is gonorrhoea treated?
Gonorrhoea is treated by a course of antibiotics. Prescription, when necessary, can be organised by the doctor you see for testing.