Gonorrhoea - kypf: Sexual Health Advice

Saturday, July 28, 2018


What is it?

Gonorrhoea is the second most common bacterial STI in the UK. It can be caught through unprotected sexual intercourse, but there is a higher risk for those with more than one partner or those who change partners often. Young people are most commonly infected, with current rates highest in males aged 20-24 years and females aged 16-19 years.

What are the Symptoms / Causes?

Early signs of Gonorrhoea can be mild for both males and females so you may not even know you have it. However, young men do show signs of infection more often than young women.

The symptoms include a thin white/yellow discharge from the penis and a severe burning when passing urine. For young women, the signs can include a painful and burning sensation when passing urine and discharge from the vagina that is yellow or bloody.

If left untreated, Gonorrhoea can cause young women to develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which can lead to chronic abdominal pain and infertility.

How do I get tested?

If you think you may have Syphilis or you have had sexual contact with someone who thinks they may have it, contact your doctor or your local GUM clinic.

A swab taken from the penis or cervix (neck of the womb) can usually diagnose Gonorrhoea. If symptoms are present, they can be treated with a single dose of antibiotics.

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