Gonorrhoea is an increasingly common infection in the UK, the second most common after chlamydia, which if left undiagnosed and untreated can result in long-term health issues. Gonorrhoea testing usually involves a simple urine test and results are available in just a day. We offer treatment in-house or in some cases, fast-track referrals to private sexual health specialist services who can treat your infection.
The gonorrhoea bacteria are mostly found in discharge from the penis and in vaginal fluids. It is easily passed between people through unprotected sex, whether oral, anal or vaginal, and also through sharing of sex toys that aren’t thoroughly washed. In addition to genital infection, gonorrhoea can also cause infections of the throat and the eyes.
If you are pregnant, it is vital to get tested and treated before your baby is born as you can pass the infection to your baby, which can cause permanent blindness in a newborn baby. As gonorrhoea has no symptoms, it is recommended that couples considering trying for a baby consider full sexual health testing.
Gonorrhoea Testing FAQs
Symptoms vary and roughly half of women infected with gonorrhoea, and 10% of men with the infection, will not have any symptoms. But it can cause unusual discharge or pain during urination. Like chlamydia, gonorrhea is a bacterial infection, and can be treated successfully with antibiotics. Untreated cases can lead to long-term health problems, such as meningitis and infertility.
Testing options include our comprehensive sexual health packages or individual testing for gonorrhoea or together with chlamydia testing.