Gonorrhoea (the clap)

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) which used to be called 'the clap'. Most females and some males have no symptoms at all - so you don't know when you have it or when your partner has it.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Most males get a yellow discharge from the penis and a burning sensation when passing urine.
  • Most females have no symptoms at all. Some may notice unusual vaginal discharge, pain when passing urine and lower belly pain.
  • Both males and females may have a sore throat.

Risky when:

You have unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, that is, without a condom or dam.

What can happen:

If gonorrhoea is left untreated, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in females and infertility in males. PID is when the infection spreads into a woman's reproductive organs and may cause infertility (so you can't have a baby). Gonorrhoea can also cause a condition which gives males very sore testes (balls).

Treatment:

If you have gonorrhoea your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Your doctor will ask you about other people you may have had unprotected sex with - as they could also have gonorrhoea. This is called contact tracing.

Prevention:

  • Always use condoms or dams and water-based lubricant.
  • Before you have sex, talk with your partner about the importance of safer sex.
  • Be open with your partner and make sure you or they don't have any other sex partners.
  • Limit your sex partners.
  • Have regular STI tests.

Other STIs and BBVs

Bacterial vaginosis

HIV & AIDS
Chlamydia Molluscum contagiosum
Genital herpes Pubic lice (crabs)
Genital warts (HPV) Scabies
Gonorrhoea (the clap) Syphilis (the pox)
Hepatitis A Thrush
Hepatitis B Trichomoniasis
Hepatitis C Getting an STI test






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