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Edited by Dr Claudia Pastides, 3rd April 2019

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection.


It is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Risk factors

  • Sexually active
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Sexual intercourse without a condom
  • Having a history of prior sexually transmitted infections

Typical Symptoms

  • Increased urination
  • Painful urination

In men:

  • Penile discharge
  • Testicular pain or swelling
  • Pain with ejaculation

In women:

  • New vaginal discharge or a change in vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Pain with sex

Common Treatment

  • Antibiotics

When to speak to a doctor

Gonorrhoea is best tested for and treated at a sexual health clinic. It is recommended that you are also tested for other sexually transmitted infections at the same time. To find your local NHS sexual health clinic, go to It is important to speak urgently to a doctor if you have:

  • Symptoms that do not resolve despite antibiotic treatment
  • Recurring symptoms
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Rash that involves the whole body

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Gonorrhoea can be managed and prevented by:

  • Always using a condom
  • Getting regular screenings
  • Asking your partner to be tested for sexually transmitted infections
  • Avoiding intercourse until treatment has been completed, and you and your partner(s) no longer have symptoms

More information

SexWise -

The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of a doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never delay seeking or disregard professional medical advice because of something you have read here.