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The Importance of Testing & Treatment

Gonorrhoea is highly prevalent in the UK, ranking as the second most common bacterial STI, following chlamydia. Historically known by the nickname ‘the clap’, the only way to diagnose this infection is through a quick and painless test.


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Understanding Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoea bacteria and can affect various body parts, including the cervix, urethra, and throat. The bacteria thrive in vaginal fluid and penile discharge and spread through:

  • Unprotected sex.
  • Sharing sex toys.
  • Childbirth from an infected mother, risking newborn blindness.

It doesn’t spread through casual contact like kissing or using shared items. Consistent condom use is the top preventive measure.

Testing for Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea tests use urine or swabs. Many don’t show symptoms: half of infected women and 10% of men. When symptoms arise:

  • Women might experience unusual discharge, urination pain, abdominal pain, or irregular bleeding.
  • Men might notice unusual discharge, foreskin redness, or testicular pain.

Symptoms typically emerge 2-10 days after exposure, but some people never show them.

Early Treatment

Early diagnosis reduces complications. Get tested if you suspect an STI, see symptoms, or after unprotected intercourse. Peace-of-mind testing has no consultation fee, but symptomatic cases may incur charges.

About Gonorrhoea

Caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, gonorrhoea primarily affects sexually active individuals and is known for its rapid transmission through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Gonorrhoea can also spread from an infected mother to her baby during childbirth. The infection often presents with symptoms like a burning sensation during urination and abnormal discharge from the genitals. However, some individuals may not show any symptoms, thereby unknowingly transmitting the infection.

If untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women, epididymitis in men, and can even contribute to infertility. Regular screening, especially after unprotected sex, is crucial for early detection and effective treatment.

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  • Ensure you refrain from urinating for at least 2 hours prior to your test. This helps in obtaining an accurate sample, especially if undergoing a urine test.
During the test
  • Testing methods vary between genders.
  • For women, a swab from the cervix or vagina is generally taken using a cotton bud. In certain situations, the urethra might also be swabbed.
  • For men, a urine sample is the primary method of detection. However, if there’s any penile discharge, a swab may also be taken.
  • Gonorrhoea can be tested alongside chlamydia using the PCR method on either urine or a swab.
  • A bacterial swab can also determine antibiotic sensitivities, but this might take 3 to 5 days.
  • After your consultation, you can opt for a call from the doctor to discuss results and any necessary treatment.
  • Alternatively, results can be emailed or you can call us at a convenient time to get them.

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Is Gonorrhoea dangerous?
If untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to severe complications. In men, it can cause painful testicle infections, reduce fertility, affect the prostate, and complicate urination. For women, it can spread to reproductive organs leading to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can result in infertility or ectopic pregnancy.
You should avoid having sex until a follow-up appointment with the doctor has confirmed that you are clear of the infection. This will prevent you from passing it on to anyone else. It is also important that your partner/s follow the same protocol, to avoid re-infection.
The best way to prevent gonorrhea is to use condoms consistently and correctly during sex. Regular STI screenings and maintaining open communication with your partner(s) about sexual health are also crucial.

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