What is it?

Gonorrhoea is the second most common STI in the UK, especially in people aged under 25. It used to be known as ‘the clap’. It mainly infects the genitals, urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder), anus and throat of men and women.

What are the symptoms?

Half of women with gonorrhoea do not have any symptoms. Others may experience:

  • A strong unpleasant smelling discharge from the vagina, which may appear green or yellow in colour
  • Pain or tenderness in the lower abdominal area including a burning sensation when peeing.
  • Irritation or discharge from the anus

In men, 10% do not have any symptoms. Others experience:

  • A white, yellow or green coloured discharge from the tip of the penis
  • Pain or tenderness caused by inflammation of the testicles or prostate gland
  • Pain or burning sensation when peeing
  • Irritation or discharge from the anus

How do I get tested?

You can visit any one of our centres across Walsall.  A simple urine test or swab test can be taken from the penis or vagina.

Is there any treatment?

Once diagnosed, gonorrhoea is easily treated with free antibiotics. If left untreated, gonorrhoea can cause serious health problems in women including pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility. In men, gonorrhoea can cause painful infection in the testicles and prostate gland, which can lead to reduced fertility.

How can I prevent it?

You can protect yourself from gonorrhoea by using a condom every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex.

If you would like to know more about gonorrhoea, visit the NHS Choices website.

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