Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoea, or gonococcus. It is frequently asymptomatic (showing no symptoms), especially in women, which means that it may easily go undetected. It is the second most common STI in the UK, after chlamydia. Testing for the infection with our clinic means you will have fast results, & in-house treatment if required. It is always recommended that pregnant women are tested for the disease, as it can cause permanent blindness in newborns.
At the Harley Street Health Centre, testing options include our comprehensive sexual health package, individual testing for gonorrhoea, or in a package together with a chlamydia test.
Treatment for gonorrhoea is a simple & highly effective course of antibiotics. If left untreated, the infection can cause complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women, infertility, or ectopic pregnancy. In men, over the long term, gonorrhoea can affect the prostate.”
When should I get tested?
It is recommended that you test for gonorrhoea any time you have had unprotected sex with a new partner, or with a partner who is also having unprotected sex with other partners. As the infection frequently will not show symptoms, it can be overlooked & lead to complications, so always be on the safe side & get tested any time you are uncertain.
What the test includes?
The test can be slightly different for men & women; in women, a cervical swab or urine sample is taken. In men, a simple urine test will usually suffice, although a swab of penile discharge will also be taken if that is one of your symptoms.