Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that can affect fertility if left untreated.
This common sexually transmitted infection (STI) is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoea bacteria. Although many people don’t experience any symptoms, this infection can cause long-term fertility problems and should be treated immediately.
Because gonorrhoea is sometimes undetectable, it’s important to get tested as soon as possible after sexual contact with an infected person or anyone whose infection status is unknown.
Key Gonorrhoea facts:
- Gonorrhoea is on the increase in young people.
- It can affect people of any sexuality.
- 80% of men and 50% of women who come into contact with the infection will experience symptoms.
- Gonorrhoea symptoms usually start to appear 1-14 days after contact.
- Gonorrhoea symptoms include yellow/green discharge in both males and females.
- Women may experience bleeding between periods and/or after sex.
- Abdominal pain is common in women.
- Testicular pain and/or swollen testicles is prevalent in men with gonorrhoea.
Testing and Treatments:
- To test for gonorrhoea, men simply do a urine sample and women will need to do a self-taken vaginal swab.
- Results take up to two weeks and you will be contacted via your chosen method (usually text).
- If your result is positive, the Best2Know team will get in touch to arrange an appointment for you to receive treatment.
- The treatment for gonorrhoea is a course of antibiotics.
- You should always complete any course of prescribed antibiotics.
- You will be invited for a follow-up test 6 weeks after treatment to ensure it has worked.