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If left untreated, gonorrhoea can be spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body causing a broad range of health complications including meningitis which can be fatal. It is also linked to infertility.
Gonorrhoea is believed to be one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases worldwide, with an estimated 62 million new cases annually.
Caused by the Neisseria Gonorrhoea bacteria, this disease can affect both men and women.
It can take almost a month for symptoms to appear which can include burning sensation during urination, penile discharge, increased frequency of urination and swelling of the penis.
Women can remain asymptomatic but can also have similar burning sensation during urination and experience vaginal discharge.
If you have experienced any of the mentioned symptoms, or if you or your partner has had unprotected sex, you should get tested. Testing for gonorrhoea involves taking urine or swab samples. Treatment involves taking antibiotics.
Q: Is gonorrhoea a common infection?
A: In the UK, it is less common than chlamydia but over 16,000 new cases are reported annually. Anyone who is sexually active can contract gonorrhoea, especially if not using protection such as a condom.
Q: How do I know I have gonorrhoea?
A:The only way to know is to get tested. Symptoms do not always occur and sometimes are only noticed after the infection has spread. If treated early, gonorrhoea is unlikely to cause long-term problems.