Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI), also known as 'the clap'. Itís serious because if not treated early it can lead to some very serious health problems. The good news is itís easily treated with antibiotics.

Symptoms and Warning signs

Girls:

  • A change in normal vaginal discharge. This may increase, change to a yellow or greenish colour and develop a strong smell.
  • A pain or burning sensation when going for a pee Irritation and/or discharge from the anus.

Boys:

  • A yellow or white discharge from the penis.
  • Irritation and/or discharge from the anus.
  • Inflammation of the testicles and prostate gland. Pain or burning sensation when going for a pee.

How do you get it?

  • Penetrative sex
  • Oral sex
  • And less often by: Rimming (where a person uses their mouth and tongue to stimulate another personís anus).
  • Inserting your fingers into an infected vagina, anus or mouth and then putting them into your own without washing your hands in between
  • Mother to child transmission at birth.

How do you treat it?

A course of antibiotics can be taken to treat gonorrhoea.

Long-term effects:

If left untreated in girls, gonorrhoea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. In boys, it can mean a serious infection in the testicles. In rare cases it can get into the bloodstream and cause heart, skin and joint infections.