Gonorrhoea is a common bacterial STI caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoea bacterium that can easily be contracted through unprotected sex. This bacterium flourishes in warm environments such as the urethra, cervix, womb and fallopian tubes, where it grows and spreads through the body. Itís also possible to contract gonorrhoea of the eyes, mouth, throat and anus. Any person who is sexually active is at risk of contracting this STI.
It is important to get tested for gonorrhoea at least once per year, as the condition often displays no symptoms. However, it can lead to uncomfortable or painful symptoms such as an unusual penile or vaginal discharge and pain while passing urine and if it isnít treated can cause long-term infertility.
Tests and Treatments
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Luckily gonorrhoea can successfully be treated with a course of antibiotics. Because of the new drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea that have recently developed, medical professionals are now recommending that two different antibiotics be taken at the same time to completely cure the infection. Azithromycin and Cefixime are both recommended as a dual treatment for this STI. Azithromycin stops the spread of bacteria while the Cefixime cephalosporin antibiotic can help to kill the infection in the urinary tract.
An untreated gonorrhoea infection can lead to multiple health problems, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility, ectopic pregnancy and epididymitis. It can also spread to the blood and joints, becoming life threatening.
- What is gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is a bacterial STI caused by a bacterium that grows in a warm, moist environment.
- How is gonorrhoea contracted?
You can catch a gonorrhoea infection through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sexual contact or by sharing sex toys with an infected person. You cannot catch it from public toilets or by touching hands.
- What are the main symptoms of gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea often has no symptoms so most people donít know that they have it. Its main symptoms include a painful or burning sensation when passing urine, heavy bleeding during periods, yellow or unusual discharge or pain during sex.
- How is gonorrhoea diagnosed?
Gonorrhoea can easily be diagnosed through a urine laboratory test or a swab of the infected area.
- What can happen if gonorrhoea isnít treated?
Untreated gonorrhoea can be very dangerous and can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and even infertility.