Gonorrhoea can be spread during vaginal,
anal, or oral sex.
If you have had gonorrhoea and were
treated, you can still get infected again through unprotected sex with someone
Gonorrhoea may have no symptoms and the
infection can linger in the body for weeks or months before being discovered.
For those who develop symptoms, these typically
appear about 4 – 6 days after sex.
Common symptoms of gonorrhoea:
Women may complain of vaginal
discharge, lower abdominal pain, pain during sex
Men may complain of discharge
from the penis, burning sensation when urinating, tingling or testicular pain
Symptoms of rectal infection in
both men and women may include discharge, anal itching, soreness, bleeding, or
painful bowel movements
Throat infection commonly has no symptoms or presents as a sore throat
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR
) or Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT/NAT
) are the most sensitive tests and suitable for self-collected vaginal swabs or urine-based screening. Tests may be done on:
• A urine sample
• A swab of the cervix, vagina, or urethra
An alternative test is a bacterial culture from a swab of the cervix, vagina, or urethra. Cross Street Medical
offers gonorrhoea screening tests. Speak to our doctors today about what you may need. Female doctors are available by appointment. We ensure patient privacy and confidentiality for all discussions, tests and treatments.
In men, gonorrhoea causes inflammation of
the epididymis, prostate gland, and urethra. They also have an increased risk
of prostate cancer.
In women, gonorrhoea causes pelvic
One of the complications of gonorrhoea is
systemic dissemination resulting in skin pustules or petechia, septic
arthritis, meningitis, or endocarditis. This may occur in women and men.
may also increase a person’s risk of HIV.
Since 2015, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend treatment with two antibiotics (to prevent antibiotic resistance).
No follow-up testing for gonorrhoea is recommended.
For positive cases, other sexually transmitted diseases/infections such as chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV should be tested. Cross Street Medical
offers all relevant treatments for gonorrhoea. Speak to our doctors today about what you may need. Female doctors are available by appointment. We ensure patient privacy and confidentiality for all discussions, tests and treatments.