Gonorrhoea
  • Gonorrhoea is an STI that can be easily passed on through vaginal, anal and oral sex.
  • It can easily go unnoticed for weeks due to lack of symptoms.
  • Symptoms can include painful urination, pus and irregular bleeding.
Gonorrhoea

    Gonorrhoea

    Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection. In New Zealand, its more common in people under 30. It’s very easy to catch and very easy to treat.

    Gonorrhoea is easily spread because it can be spread through most types of sex, and it can easily go unnoticed for weeks due to lack of symptoms. Symptoms can include painful urination, pus and irregular bleeding.
    Transmission 
    Gonorrhoea is very infectious, and is transferred through unprotected sexual contact with someone with gonorrhoea. It can be passed through contact with any orifice—penis, vagina, anus or mouth particularly when saliva is used as a lubricant.

    Gonorrhoea can be passed from mother to baby at birth and may result in an eye infection in the baby.

    Risk is LOW for:
    Kissing, fingering, giving & receiving oral sex in women (eating pussy & getting pussy eaten)

    Risk is HIGH for:
    Giving & receiving oral sex in men (giving & getting blow job), vaginal sex and anal sex (top AND bottom)
    Symptoms 
    It often takes 2-4 weeks for symptoms of gonorrhoea to appear. Main symptoms for someone infected with gonorrhoea include painful urination, sore throat, and pus coming out of genitals.

    In women, other symptoms include: unusual fluid or discharge from vagina, lower abdomen pain during sex, irregular bleeding in between periods.

    In men, other symptoms include: aching testicles and swollen urethra

    Get Tested

    IF you have symptoms you will need to be examined by a doctor or a nurse.

    For women, a test includes a vaginal swab, and possibly throat and anal swabs if there has been contact with those areas.

    For men, a test includes a urine test (don’t pee for an hour beforehand), and possibly throat and anal swabs if there has been contact with those areas.

    Get Treated

    Since gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection, it can be treated with antibiotics. A single prescription usually cures gonorrhoea. It is important that you avoid sex while taking the medication, and wait at least 1 week after your sexual contacts have also been treated to have sex again.

    Recently, there has been a rise in resistance to some gonorrhoea medications. The resistant strains of gonorrhoea are very uncommon, but in case you take medication and still experience gonorrhoea symptoms, it is important to contact your GP to get another medication. There are still two antibiotic medications that are available to treat gonorrhoea, and the chances that the medication will cure it are highly likely.

    Protect Others

    Using condoms is one of the surest ways to prevent the spread of gonorrhoea. But since gonorrhoea can be spread so easily and often goes unnoticed, it is important for you and your other sexual contacts to get tested regularly. It is recommended that everyone get tested annually, and if you are at high risk (gay, bisexual, have sex with men) it is recommended you get tested every 3 months. The only way to know if you have gonorrhoea is to get tested.
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