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Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that lives in the mucous lining of the cock, throat, ass or eyes.

Symptoms

If symptoms are present they will usually develop within 2 to 10 days. Many people who have gonorrhoea will not show symptoms, particularly if they have it in the throat or ass. 

  • If the infection is in the ass, the symptoms may include a discharge or pain during bowel movements
  • If it is in the penis, there may be a clear or yellowish discharge from the penis and stinging or pain when peeing

How can you get it?

Gonorrhoea can be transmitted through giving or receiving oral sex, anal sex, and ass play such as fingering, rimming or fisting. Touching an infected person’s cock or ass and then touching your own cock, ass or eyes can also transmit the infection.

How do you know if you have it?

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Many people who have gonorrhoea will show no symptoms, especially if they have it in the throat or anus. The way to find out is by getting a test. Gonorrhoea can be detected by a urethral swab or urine test as well as swabs collected from the anus, throat, or front hole. It is preferable not to pee for at least one hour prior to having a urine test.

STIs

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  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can infect the mucous lining of the penis, anus or eyes.

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    Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that lives in the mucous lining of the penis, throat, anus or eyes.

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  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a bacterial infection that infects the penis, throat or anus and then spreads to different parts of the body through the bloodstream.

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  • Herpes (HSV)

    Herpes (HSV) presents in two different types.

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  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

    Human Papillomavirus (Warts) is the virus that can cause warts on the penis, anus or surrounding areas.

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  • Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

    LGV is a particularly virulent form of the Chlamydia bacteria. It is still rare, but it may become more common over time.

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  • HIV

    ​We comprehensively discuss HIV across our website, so we'll just cover the basics here. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It belongs to a group of viruses called retroviruses, which work by invading cells within the body then begin to continually reproduce itself.

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  • Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis A causes inflammation in the liver and is the form of the virus which often comes on very quickly and is short-term but severe.

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  • Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver. 

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  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C (HCV) is a virus that causes serious damage to the liver.

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  • Gut Infections

    Gut Infections are caused by bacteria (such as amoebiasis, shigellosis, giardiasis and salmonellosis).

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  • Molloscum Contagiosum

    Molloscum Contagiosum (MC) is a virus that causes pimple-like lumps on the body.

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  • Pubic Lice (Crabs)

    Pubic Lice (Crabs) are small parasites that grip onto the hair in the genital area.

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  • Scabies

    Scabies are tiny mites (smaller than crabs) that burrow under the skin to lay eggs.

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  • Thrush

    Thrush (or Candidiasis) is a yeast infection that irritates the mucous membranes around the genitals.

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Treatment

Gonorrhoea is cured with antibiotics. However, recent strains are becoming increasingly antibiotic resistant. If gonorrhoea is in the anus or throat, there will be no symptoms and a follow-up test may be required to ensure the antibiotics are effective. Sexual contact should be avoided for at least a week to ensure the infection has cleared after treatment.

I'm living with HIV

If you’re living with HIV and diagnosed early, gonorrhoea is easily treatable.

Prevention

Using condoms provides the best protection from gonorrhoea, however the site of infection may be outside where condoms cover. Washing your hands with soap and water immediately after sex can also help prevent transmission, especially if having sex with multiple partners.

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