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Gonorrhoea can spread through vaginal or anal intercourse without a condom. It is also possible to get a gonorrhoea in the throat or eye through unprotected oral sex or contaminated hands. Recent studies indicate that it’s possible to transmit gonorrhoea from throat while kissing or using spit as a lubrication for sex.

What are the symptoms of gonorrhoea?

  • The symptoms appear within 2 to 14 days from getting infected. Sometimes gonorrhoea shows no symptoms.
  • Symptoms can include burning when urinating, the need to urinate more often than usual, yellow discharge from the urethra, more vaginal discharge than usual and lower stomach pain or painful erection. If it is not treated, it can cause infertility.

When and how should I get tested?

  • The test should be taken 1 to 2 weeks after unprotected sex. A urine sample is given in the test. If the infection is in the anus or in the throat it can’t be detected from urine and the sample must be taken from the infected area.

How can I protect myself and how is it treated?

  • The treatment for gonorrhoea is antibiotics. After taking all the prescribed antibiotics, a new test is taken to check that the infection has been removed.
  • To protect yourself against it, use a condom and dental dam. If you have anal sex, use a condom and lubricant.