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Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection passed on by unprotected sexual contact. The bacteria can live inside the throat, vagina, cervix, penis and anus.

Symptoms

Symptoms appear 2-10 days after infection and may include:

  • pain or stinging when urinating
  • abnormal discharge
  • sore throat

Females may experience no symptoms – which is why it is important to have regular sexual health checks.

Treatment
  • Gonorrhoea can be successfully treated with antibiotics.
Prevention
  • Using a condom and/or dental dam will reduce the risk of infection.
  • Regular sexual health checks

 

Note:

If left undiagnosed, Gonorrhoea may lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can cause infertility.

 

This is only a brief overview and should not substitute for professional medical advice. The Melbourne Sexual Health Centre has information about Gonorrhoea here:
http://www.mshc.org.au/Portals/_default/uploads/fact_sheets/gono_a4.pdf

 

For more information phone RhED 1800 458 752 or email sexworker@sexworker.org.au