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Gonorrhoea is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. While it can be difficult to tell if you might have gonorrhoea, the infection can be detected with STI testing and it is usually easy to cure. Sexually transmitted infections treatment for gonorrhoea usually requires a simple antibiotic.
The symptoms of gonorrhoea can remain hidden, so many people are unaware that they have been infected until they get tested. Women are particularly likely to have gonorrhoea without symptoms, but it can happen in men too. It is important to get yourself tested for STIs regularly to check for these kinds of hidden infections, particularly if you have had unprotected sex.
You should also get tested if you have been experiencing symptoms that might be linked to an STI. The symptoms that are most likely to be caused by gonorrhoea include a white, green or tallow discharge from the penis or vagina, and pain or burning while you are urinating.
If there is a chance you might have gonorrhoea, your doctor can take a swab from your penis or vagina and test it for signs of infectious bacteria. If gonorrhoea is found, you can start your treatment immediately.
As gonorrhoea is caused by bacteria, it can be treated with antibiotics. You will usually only need an injection and a single antibiotic tablet. It is important to get this treatment even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, as gonorrhoea can cause serious health problems if it is left untreated. You should also avoid having sex until the treatment is completed and you are given the all clear by your doctor. Any symptoms should clear up within a few days, but you should be re-tested in a couple of weeks to check that the sexually transmitted infections treatment was successful.