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Gonorrhoea is one of the fastest spreading sexually transmitted infections in the UK. It is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium, and is amongst the most widespread bacterial STIs, second only to chlamydia. Both men and women who are sexually active can get gonorrhoea, but it's most common in men aged 20 to 24 and women aged 16 to 19. If left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to infertility and can even be life threatening if it spreads to your blood and joints.

Certain strains of the gonorrhoea infection have become resistant to some antibiotics. The recommended best treatment as stated in the BNF for gonorrhoea is by injection of antibiotics at your local GUM (sexual health) clinic.

Alternatively our Gonorrhoea Treatment Pack, can be prescribed for you by a registered UK doctor after you've taken our confidential online consultation. The pack includes two antibiotics, Azithromycin and Cefixime, both of which can effectively treat your gonorrhoea.

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What are the symptoms of gonorrhoea?

The common symptoms of gonorrhoea include itching, rashes, bleeding, discharge and painful bowel movements, but often, men and women will experience different symptoms.

Some men with gonorrhoea show no symptoms at all. However, some men have symptoms that appear 2 to 5 days after infection, whereas other symptoms can take as long as 30 days to appear. These include a burning sensation when urinating, or a coloured discharge from the penis. In some rare cases, men with gonorrhoea experience painful or swollen testicles.

For women, the symptoms of gonorrhoea are often less aggressive, and sometimes they do not show at all. These include a painful or burning sensation when urinating, vaginal bleeding between periods and increased vaginal discharge. Serious complications can arise from the infection, regardless of the presence or severity of a woman's symptoms, so it's crucial that you get treatment as soon as possible.

What causes gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is caused by a harmful bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and can be passed on from one sexual partner to another during vaginal, anal or oral sex. It can also be passed on by sharing sex toys with an infected partner. Ejaculation does not have to occur for gonorrhoea to be transmitted or passed on. Some research has suggested that gonorrhoea could be transfered to another person through fingers, or by female-to-female genital contact, but the data provided by these studies is often unclear and inconclusive.

Can I get tested for gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea can be detected using a number of tests, which can be obtained by visiting your local doctor or sexual health clinic. For men, you may be asked for a urine sample and for women, a nurse will usually take a swab from the cervix or vagina during an internal assessment. Remember, early diagnosis for gonorrhoea will allow you to treat the infection as soon as possible, which will decrease the likelihood of complications. You can also buy a gonorrhoea testing kit online with us.

What are the risks of gonorrhoea?

If you treat the gonorrhoea infection quickly and effectively, it is unlikely that any further complications will occur. However, if left untreated, gonorrhoea can spread to other parts of the body, which can cause serious health problems.

In men, gonorrhoea could lead to epididymitis, a painful condition that affects the testicular ducts, which may eventually lead to infertility. For women, a untreated gonorrhoea outbreak could spread to other areas of the reproductive system. It can increase a woman's chance of ectopic pregnancy and can even be life threatening, as it can be spread through your bloodstream. People infected with gonorrhoea can contract the HIV virus more easily and put themselves at a greater risk of developing AIDS. So, it's essential that you get treatment as soon as possible.

Hilary Jones

"Gonorrhoea is the second most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK and can be difficult to detect because of the lack of symptoms."

Dr Hilary Jones

HealthExpress Medical Advisor

Finding treatment

The recommended best treatment for gonorrhoea is by injection of antibiotics at your local GUM (sexual health) clinic. Alternatively we offer an effective Gonorrhoea Treatment Pack which includes two medications, Azithromycin and Cefixime. Both medications need to be taken together in a single powerful dose, and both are required to treat a gonorrhoea infection. You should always take the full course of antibiotics, even if your symptoms of gonorrhoea disappear before you finish the course.

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Step 1 - Simply complete our online consultation which will be reviewed by one of our registered UK doctors. View the medical questions here

Step 2 - They will be able to recommend a range of beneficial treatments. You will receive a diagnosis in a secure email.

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Taking an online consultation

If you have tested positive for gonorrhoea, click below to take an online consultation to determine which prescription treatment is right for you. After you have completed an online consultation, one of our doctors can assess your condition and recommend which treatments are best suited for you. Once you've made your choice, a prescription will be issued and forwarded to our pharmacy. They will then prepare your medication and dispatch it for overnight delivery.

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