What is it?

Gonorrhoea is a highly contagious STI. Men are more likely to show symptoms than women. Gonorrhoea is easily passed from one person to another through sexual contact; this includes penetrative sex (vaginal and anal) and oral sex.

What are the symptoms?

  • Unusual discharge from the vagina (or urethra), penis and/or anus
  • Pain when passing urine (peeing)
  • Pain or bleeding during sex
  • Swelling/soreness around the genitals
  • Lower abdominal (tummy) pain
  • If left untreated the infection can cause swelling and pain in joints, plus infertility (inability to have children) in both men and women.

How do I get tested?

Visit your GP or find your nearest sexual health clinic using our services page.

Can it be treated?

Yes, Gonorrhoea can be treated with antibiotics. Once diagnosed you should not have sex for seven days (and until your partner has also been treated). You should always inform your sexual partner/s if you have Gonorrhoea so that they can get tested and treated too.

How can I prevent it?

Condoms are the only form of contraception to protect you against STIs. You can get FREE condoms from any easy access point for condoms


You Choose

NHS Direct
0845 4647

Sex - Worth Talking About
0800 28 29 30

 Lambeth Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood Partnership
©2011 NHS Lambeth. Terms & Conditions