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






You may also be interested in....

  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

    STIs are infections that can be spread during sexual contact (vaginal, anal, oral sex). Some infections like herpes and warts can also be transmitted by skin to skin contact. Most STIs have no symptoms – so you don’t know you have them.

    Read More »
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

    STIs are infections that can be spread during sexual contact (vaginal, anal, oral sex). Some infections like herpes and warts can also be transmitted by skin to skin contact. Most STIs have no symptoms – so you don’t know you have them.

    Read More »
  • Getting an STI test

    Getting an STI test. It’s important to have an STI test even if you don’t have any symptoms. What happens during the test. Do I need a Medicare card. Getting the results. Pap smears.

    Read More »
  • Abstinence (not having sex)

    Abstinence means different things to different people. The only 100% effective form of contraception. Advantages, disadvantages.

    Read More »



_MG_9722.jpg
_MG_9838.jpg
_MG_0076.jpg
_MG_9742.jpg
_MG_9865.jpg
_MG_9574.jpg
_MG_9203.jpg
_MG_9505.jpg
_MG_9737.jpg
_MG_9867.jpg
_MG_9316.jpg
_MG_9768.jpg
_MG_0166.jpg
_MG_9657.jpg
_MG_9790.jpg
_MG_9264.jpg
_MG_0213.jpg
_MG_9260.jpg
_MG_9389.jpg
_MG_9923.jpg