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Gonorrhea Symptoms

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacteria neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhea spreads from sexual activities such as oral, vaginal or anal sex.

Symptoms of gonorrhea include:

  • Thin, watery, green, yellow or white coloured discharge from the penis or vagina

  • Pain or burning when passing urine

  • Pain, tenderness and swollen genital area

Symptoms of gonorrhea develop 2 to 14 days after exposure. It primarily occurs in the urethra (in both men and women, this is the tube that carries urine from the bladder).

Other areas where can gonorrhea symptoms can appear in are:

  • Eyes

  • Throat

  • Vagina

  • Anus

Gonorrhea symptoms in men and women vary. Read more about gonorrhea symptoms in men and gonorrhea symptoms in women.

Symptomless Gonorrhea

A person infected with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. It is important to note 50% of women and 10% of men do not experience symptoms and gonorrhea may go unnoticed.

People who have gonorrhea and are symptomless are more likely to infect other people with the disease.

How do you get Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea spreads from one infected person to another. Usually through unprotected sexual activity, where there is exchange of bodily fluids. The transmission of gonorrhea can occur during vaginal, oral or anal sex or sharing of sex toys. Gonorrhea can also spread from a mother to her baby during childbirth.

What is the cause of Gonorrhea?

The bacteria neisseria gonorrhoeae causes gonorrhea. Gonorrhoea affects the reproductive organs, and mucous membranes. Areas such as the eyes, throat, mouth and anus.  Gonorrhoeae can cause infertility in both men and women if left untreated. 

Can Gonorrhea be cured?

Gonorrhea can be cured, with the right treatment with antibiotics for gonorrhea. Tablets for gonorrhea are usually taken as a single dose and will cure gonorrhea infection. If treated with oral antibiotic tablets, you have a 95% chance of being fully cured of gonorrhea.

How can you Prevent getting Gonorrhea?

You can prevent catching a sexually transmitted disease by using a condom. Unprotected sexual intercourse, leaves you vulnerable to contracting STDs such as gonorrhea. You are more likely to catch gonorrhoea if you change sexual partners.

How do you treat Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is treated with oral antibiotics or an injection. It is important to prevent re-infection, and stop the spread of Gonorrhea to others. You should inform sexual partners for the last 6 months so they can be tested and treated if required.

What medication is used to treat Gonorrhea?

The oral antibiotics that treat and cure gonorrhea symptoms are called Cefixime (Suprax) 200mg tablets. Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are usually present together. It is why our gonorrhea treatment is supplied with Azithromycin 500mg tablets, to treat chlamydia infection.

Gonorrhea can also be treated with an injection. Antibiotic tablets for gonorrhea are only taken when an injection is not possible or oral tablets are preferred.

Can you take Penicillin for Gonorrhea?

Penicillin is no longer effective in treating gonorrhea and is not recommended. This is because the gonorrhea bacteria has adapted and is resistant to penicillin. The only effective oral antibiotic treatment for treating gonorrhea in the UK is Cefixime 200mg tablets.

Gonorrhoea Test

You may be eligible for a free gonorrhea test kit. You can visit the following link to find out more about free gonorrhea test kits for sexually transmitted diseases:

How long does it take to get symptoms of Gonorrhea?

After being exposed to gonorrhea it takes anywhere between 2 to 14 days for any symptoms to show. Yet some people remain symptomless and are carriers of gonorrhoea disease.

How long do Gonorrhoea symptoms last after treatment?

Symptoms of gonorrhoea should disappear after 7 to 10 days of treatment with the oral antibiotics that treat gonorrhea. If your symptoms persist after 10 days it is best to talk to your doctor if treatment has failed. You should not have unprotected sexual intercourse during treatment, or until you are clear of gonorrhea.