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What is it?

Gonorrhoea has many nicknames, ‘The Clap’, ‘A Drip’, ‘A Dose’. Gonorrhoea bacteria can live inside the throat, vagina, cervix, penis and anus. It can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and lead to infertility in both men and women.

How do you get it?

  • Unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex.
  • It is very infectious. Wash your hands straight away after contact with the discharge.

Signs and symptoms

Commonly occur 2-10 days after infection, but may have no symptoms.


  • commonly have no symptoms
  • white or yellow discharge from the vagina and/or anus
  • unusual bleeding (after intercourse or between periods)
  • pelvic pain
  • pain through intercourse or passing urine
  • anal discharge
  • anal itch
  • a sore throat, though this is rare.


  • usually have symptoms of urethral gonorrhea, but anal and throat gono usually have no symptoms
  • milky pus-like discharge from the urethra
  • pain or stinging when urinating
  • may lead to infection in the testes and possible infertility
  • anal discharge
  • anal itching
  • a sore throat, though this is rare.

A good way to tell if a client has gonorrhoea is to milk the penis. Gently squeeze the penis along the shaft and if a thick discharge appears it is likely to be gonorrhoea.


Gonorrhoea can be diagnosed by taking swabs or a urine test at a GP or sexual health centre.


Treated by a single injection of antibiotics.


Always use condoms and lube.