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Gonorrhoea

A paraurethral abscess due to Gonorrhoea (Photo courtesy of CDC)

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Gonorrhoea (otherwise known as ‘the clap’) is the second most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK, and commonly affects young men aged 20-24 years and women aged 16-19. The bacterium that causes the infection is found mainly in the semen and vaginal fluids of infected men and women, so it’s easily transmitted through unprotected sexual contact. Some of the symptoms – discharge from the penis or vagina, and a burning sensation when urinating – are particularly unpleasant. Furthermore, untreated gonorrhoea can cause serious health problems in later life, so it’s best to seek treatment from your GP or GUM clinic. Historically, sailors who displayed symptoms of gonorrhoea were subjected to an injection of mercury through the tip of the penis (which is enough to bring floods of tears to any man’s eyes!) Thankfully, however, treatment has moved on and now consists of a single dose of antibiotics, which is administered either by pill or injection (but not into the penis).

A free online Gonorrhoea postal test for people aged under-25 is available in some areas. Go to www.freetest.me. for more details.

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I've had a burning sensation when I urinate I had it once last year it lasted about. A month. It then went by itself and never had it again up until now I've had it twice in the space of a month it burns wen I go the wee only wen I finish it burns then leaves a lasting burning sensation. I've been drinking plenty of water and it seems to have ease as far as I know I've had STI tests dun and there all negative I've had my urine checked all grand I just cant find out what it is any answers please help. Couple of days after it happening I get discharge not much and its light brown in colour.





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I had sex with my girlf, she give me sti, after 2 week we went to vct together result waz negative. She told me she hard sex three month and 2weeks ago with sam1 she dout. I dnt beliv dis!! Then I went to test again alone after 6weeks result still negeteve. I read samwhere said window period is 4 to 6wx. 1 girl can stay with sti 3mths???? 2. Any chances here 2 be negative here?? 3 its possible get gonorrhea without HIV?





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My brother has been diagnosed with Gonorrhoea can you get it by drinking from the same pop bottle?





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The link above for free gonorrhoea test takes you to chlamidia only with no mention of it testing for gonorrhoea, does it test for both?





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I gave oral sex to 2 boys at my school when we were drunk. I did swallow semen. 4 days later I have a yellow fluid leaking fom my penis and it stings when I pee. I didnt see anything on either of the boys penis that sucked. Should I get to a doctor? was this not safe?





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hi, i read this and saw the males age is around 20 which really worries me because i have today noticed a pus or yellow fluid and burning when i urinate and i have not had any form of sexual intercourse and i am only 14, can someone please help me i am really worried:(





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Urinal track infection maybe?( sounds like what I had) just ask you mum or dad to take you to the doctors and it'll be treated with some antibiotics.

what is the best way of curing gonorrhea





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Hey i have a few symptoms i have itchy bottom and my vagina discharge and sometimes it is white and when it's left in my knickers it goes hard and crusty there's quite a lot of it :( I'm so embarrassed!





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Can you get this or any sti's in your mouth?





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I have recently met a guy and started dating him. I had Sex with him about a week ago and it started to burn when I peed and a few days later it got worse, I went to the doctors and e gave me 3 days worth of antibiotics as i thought it was a water infection and they did nothing. Now it's got so bad my vagina is swolen, pussy discharge, little lumps around my vagina, pain when peeing and sometimes blood on the toilet paper. I have a feeling it could be a std? I know it's not chlamydia as I've had a chlamydia test a week ago. Any advice?





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Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus. It used to be known as 'the clap'. Read More »

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