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Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted disease caused be the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoea. It occasionally causes serious complications. 

Incubation period
General 2 - 14 days.
Signs and Symptoms
An infected person may have no symptoms - one in two females and one in ten males may have no symptoms.
  • Burning sensation when passing urine
  • Yellowish or blood stained vaginal discharge
  • Irritation or discharge from the anus
  • May have low abdominal or pelvic tenderness


  • Burning sensation when passing urine
  • White, yellow or green discharge from the tip of the penis
  • Inflammation of the testicles and prostate gland
  • Irritation or discharge from the anus

Mode of Transmission

  • Vaginal, oral or anal sex
  • Sharing sex toys
  • From a mother to her baby at birth

Early treatment involves one dose of antibiotics. If complications occur another treatment may be needed. Treatment is generally 10% successful but this does not prevent re-infection.

Control and Prevention

  • Early detection and treatment of gonorrhoea.
  • Avoid multiple sexual partners - use condoms.
  • One should refrain from sexual intercourse while on treatment and should not have sex with previus sexual partners (within 60 days) until they have been tested and treated accordingly.
  • Newborns born to infected mothers should receive prophylaxis.
  • One should take care when disposing of discharges from lesions and contaminated articles.
  • If you would like further information or wish to make an appointment you can contact the GU Clinic on 21227981.