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What is Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by
bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae or
gonococcus and is also known as "the clap".
The infection can affect both men and women and is the second most
common bacterial infection in the UK. The bacteria can be found
mainly in discharge from the penis or vaginal fluid.
Gonorrhoea is passed on by unprotected vaginal, oral or anal
sex, or genital contact with someone who has the infection.
Gonorrhoea symptoms usually start to show within one week of being
infected, with some symptoms not showing until months later.
Around 10% of men and 50% of women will not show any obvious
symptoms after contracting Gonorrhoea. If there are any symptoms,
these may include:
Gonorrhoea symptoms in women:
- unusual vaginal discharge, which may be yellow or green
- burning sensation or pain when urinating
- bleeding between periods or heavier periods
- lower abdominal pain or tenderness
Gonorrhoea symptoms in men:
- unusual green, yellow or white discharge from the tip of the
- pain when passing urine
- need to go to the toilet more regularly
- pain or inflammation in the testicles and/or prostate gland
- inflammation of the foreskin
For both men and women, symptoms can also include:
- an infection in the rectum which may cause irritation and
discharge from the anus
- an infection in the throat with no visible symptoms
- an infection in the eyes. This can cause irritation, pain,
swelling and discharge, which is the same as conjunctivitis
more about Chlamydia here
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea treatment
Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics, should you receive a
positive test result quick and easy treatment is around the
We can provide the treatment via our online
pharmacy partner. Our service is prescription based and it only
a takes a few clicks and entry of some simple details before our
regulated prescribers can verify the information provided and issue
a private prescription. This prescription is then sent across to
our pharmacy, where our staff will dispense the medication and
ensure that it is delivered to you as instructed. All our packaging
is discreet and we ensure that everything is securely handled to
avoid any further issues.
If you are pregnant, think you are pregnant or you are breast
feeding, it is important to let your doctor know as this could
affect the type.