What is Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
Gonorrhoea is a very common infectious disease. In 2016, over 800,000 new cases were reported in the United States (US).
In Singapore, gonorrhoea infections are most common among those between the ages of 20 and 40 with males accounting for more than 80% of cases (DSC, 2016).
How do we contract Gonorrhoea?
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 with gonorrhoea.
Gonorrhea can also be spread perinatally from mother to baby during childbirth.
How can we tell that we may have Gonorrhoea?
Testing for Gonorrhoea
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.
What does Gonorrhoea do to our bodies?
What is the treatment for Gonorrhoea?
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.
Furthermore, all sexual partners (within 60 days of the onset of symptoms) should be screened for gonorrhoea and treated.
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.
How do we prevent infection and re-infection?
- Avoiding high risk sex, including commercial sex workers, casual sex and multiple sex partners
- Using condoms, including during oral sex
- Being in a long-term monogamous relationship with a partner who has tested negative for gonorrhoea and other STDs/STIs
- If you are a sexually active man who is gay , bisexual, or who has sex with men , you should be tested for gonorrhoea and other STD/STI every year. If you are a sexually active woman with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection, you should be tested for gonorrhoea and other STD/STI every year.