What is it?
The bacteria can live inside the cell of the cervix, the urethra, the rectum, throat and occasionally the eyes.
Signs and Symptoms:
- An unusual watery, yellow or green vaginal discharge
- Pain when passing urine
You can only be certain you have gonorrhoea if you have a test.
There are different ways in which to test for gonorrhoea, a doctor or a nurse may use a swab to collect a sample of cells from your urethra and / or if you have had anal or oral sex they may collect a swab of cells from your rectum and /or your throat.
Women may be offered a vaginal swab which will collect a sample of cells from the cervix.
Men are usually asked to provide a urine sample.
The treatment for gonorrhoea is a course of antibiotics, if taken correctly it is at least 95% effective.
Where to get tested:
Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) Services offer you free and confidential service for testing and treating of genital infections including gonorrhoea. You can find your local GUM or CaSH Services by typing in your postcode into the location finder