Gonorrhoea is a highly infectious STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) that is caused by the Neisseria Gonorrhoeae or Gonococcus bacteria. It affects both men and women, and can be passed on to newborn babies by their mothers during birth. The sexual health screening services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall afford a fast and convenient way for anyone living and/or working in London to obtain easy, timely access to both screening and treatment facilities.

Gonorrhoea in the UK

Gonorrhoea is one of the most common STI’s here in UK. In the year 2012 of over 29,000 people were diagnosed with it. These figures could be just the tip of the iceberg because approximately half of the women infected with Gonorrhoea, and one in every 10 men, display absolutely no symptoms. Gonorrhoea is more prevalent in people aged between 20 and 24. In terms of demographics it is particularly common in men who participate in sex with other men, and anyone who lives in large towns and cities.

The causes of Gonorrhoea

It is often rumoured that gonorrhoea can be caught through certain social acts such as kissing and hugging. This is however not the case as the bacteria cannot survive long outside the human body. The most usual way of contracting Gonorrhoea is through sexual acts, including:

  • Indulging in unprotected acts of either anal, oral, or vaginal sex
  • By using unwashed sex toys (including vibrators) not fitted with condoms, and that have previously been used by other persons infected with gonorrhoea

The symptoms of gonorrhoea

It must be remembered that many people do not display any symptoms of gonorrhoea at all. When symptoms are evident they can include:

Common symptoms of gonorrhoea in men

  • A yellowish (or bloody) discharge from the penis
  • Pain when urinating
  • Pain and swelling of the testicles

Common symptoms of gonorrhoea in women

  • A yellowish (or bloody) discharge from the penis
  • Pain when you urinating
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Experiencing pain when having sex
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Unusually heavy periods

It should also be noted that when both men and women catch gonorrhoea through anal sex, it can cause a discharge, plus pain and discomfort in the anus. Most people, however, do not display these symptoms of anally acquired Gonorrhoea.

It is also possible to be infected in your eyes if genital fluid is accidentally splashed. This commonly causes conjunctivitis.

You can also acquire a Gonorrhoea infection in your throat. It rarely causes any symptoms but it should be noted that you can still pass the infection on to others if you indulge in oral sex.

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Being diagnosed for Gonorrhoea by your GP or via Broadgate Clinic London Wall

You can be diagnosed for Gonorrhoea whether you are displaying actual symptoms, or you are not, but you suspect you may have contracted it through sexual activities with someone you know to be already infected. You can either go to your own doctor, or any GUM clinic, or, if you live in/for work in London, you can avail yourself of the no appointment, walk in sexual health screening services at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.

Diagnosis is sometimes carried out by testing a urine sample. To prepare for this option, you should ensure you urinate at least one hour before you are tested. This is because urine will temporarily carry away the signs of infection. Alternatively, a nurse or doctor will take a small sample from infected part of your body using a small swab.

Treatment for Gonorrhoea via Broadgate’s walk in STD clinic London

If you test positive, treatment is normally by way of having two antibiotics administered. One is administered by taking a single tablet, the other by single injection.