Gonorrhoea is a highly contagious STD which is caused by the bacterium Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. Neisseria Gonorrhoeae bacteria can nestle in the mucous membranes of the vagina, penis, anus, throat or the eyes, causing the area to become infected. Gonorrhoea is transmitted through unprotected sexual contact.
Gonorrhoea is very infectious. Actual penetration is not required to pass on the disease. Women often do not notice the signs of gonorrhoea. Sometimes they have more vaginal discharge than usual. Other symptoms may include additional menstrual blood loss and painful urination.
However, men with gonorrhoea often experience clear signs soon after the unprotected sexual contact. Most men notice a pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis, as well as pain during urinating. Gonorrhoea can also be transmitted even when there are no noticeable symptoms. The infection can become serious if not treated early, so quick treatment is essential.
Gonorrhoea is treated with antibiotics that target the Neisseria Gonorrhoea bacterium. All recent sexual partner(s) need to be informed and receive treatment too. Always consult your GP if you have any doubts about whether or not you have gonorrhoea.