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Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea (sometimes called "the clap") is a common bacterial infection, which most often infects the vagina, penis or anus during penetrative sex, but can also be found in the throat if infection was from oral sex.

Symptoms

In men, gonorrhoea infects the urethra (the tube going up the inside of the penis) and causes a discharge and often a burning sensation when urinating. Symptoms are likely to appear 2 to 10 days after infection. Gonorrhoea in the throat may cause some pain but is usually without symptoms. Gonorrhoea can also infect the anus.

If left untreated, gonorrhoea in men can cause swelling and pain in the testicles and in women, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Because of the possible lack of symptoms in women, sexually active women are encouraged to have regular check ups. PID can cause major complications in women, including infertility.

Transmission

Gonorrhoea is transmitted by unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.

Prevention

Properly used condoms will be an effective prevention measure against infection.

Treatment

Gonorrhoea is treated with a course of penicillin

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