If you simply want to exclude the possibility that you might have Gonorrhea or if you have previously been treated for Gonorrhoea and you want to make sure that the infection has been eradicated, then this is the right test for you. Otherwise, if you have any symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, then we recommend our END THE WORRY screen in which we test for the most common 10 different infections, including Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia, HIV, Hepatitis B & more, so we can correctly identify the root cause. The Gonorrhoea test only checks for Gonorrhoea: if you have another infection then this will not be picked up by this test.
What is gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection brought about by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the UK.
Gonorrhea is easily treated. In any case, if left untreated in women, gonorrhea can spread to other reproductive organs (the womb and the fallopian tubes), causing long-term pain, blocked tubes, infertility and ectopic pregnancy (this is when a pregnancy develops in the fallopian tube rather than in the womb). If untreated in men, gonorrhea can cause a painful infection in the testicles and prostate gland.
How do I catch gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhea can be easily passed on from one person to another during vaginal, oral or anal sex. The use of sex toys can also cause gonorrhea to spread if they are not washed properly or covered in a new condom each time they are used.
Bacterial infects the cells in the cervix lining, urethra, rectum and sometimes the eyes and throat. You cannot catch it from kissing, sharing towels, swimming pools, sharing cups, plates or cutlery.
What are the symptoms of gonorrhoea?
Women can notice a change in vaginal discharge,- it could increase, change yellow or green or have a strong smell. They may also experience pain when passing urine, itching or discharge from the anus or lower stomach pain. However, some women may have no symptoms at all.
Men may have a yellow or white discharge (liquid) from the penis, pain or tingling when passing urine, inflammation of the testicles, or discharge or discomfort in the anus.Gonorrhea in the eyes can cause redness and irritation. Less commonly, gonorrhea can cause inflammation of the joints and tendons, skin lesions or, rarely, can affect the brain and heart.