Gonorrhea

What is Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection of the genitals, throat or rectum. Gonorrhea can cause infertility in both men and women.

How do you get Gonorrhea?

You can get gonorrhea through unprotected (no condom) vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has the infection. It can also be spread from mother to baby during birth.

What symptoms does it cause?

There may be no symptoms in men or women.

For women:

  • vaginal discharge
  • bleeding between periods
  • lower abdominal pain
  • pain during sex.

For men:

  • pain when weeing (urinating)
  • discharge from the penis or rectum
  • pain in the testicles (balls).

Can you treat it?

Gonorrhea is treated with two antibiotics together. This is important because many of the gonorrhea bugs are resistant to the usual antibiotics.

Should I tell my partner/s?

Sexual partners should be contacted and treated. Sex should be avoided until both you and your partners/s have had treatment.