Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection which is colloquially referred to as "the clap". It is increasingly common in the UK, particularly among younger age groups (16-19 for women and 20-24 for men). It can be transmitted via unprotected sexual contact with an infected partner.
Although it is easily treatable with a short course of antibiotics, it is often left untreated, as a number of people infected do not experience any symptoms, especially women. If you are having unprotected sex, it is important to be tested for gonorrhoea as it can lead to more serious medical conditions if left untreated.
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It is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus, and can be found present in semen and penis discharge as well as vaginal fluid. It spreads through sexual contact without a condom, including vaginal, anal and oral sex as well as sharing sex toys. Pregnant women may also pass it to the baby during childbirth. It is still unclear whether the bacteria can be transferred on fingers or during female-to-female genital contact.
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SSymptoms usually appear within a week of infection, but this isn't always the case, as often symptoms will appear months or years later, once the infection has spread. In addition, one in 10 men and around half of all women will not experience any symptoms at all.
The most common symptoms in women include unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge, pain when urinating and abdominal pain. Men are more likely to suffer symptoms and these can include unusual discharge from the penis, pain when urinating, inflammation of the foreskin and pain in the testicles or prostate.
Most cases which are treated early do not present any complications. However, if left untreated it can spread to other parts of the body and lead to serious health problems in the long term.
Women who leave it untreated are at risk of the infection spreading to the reproductive organs and causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to chronic pelvic pain, complications during pregnancy and infertility. Untreated gonorrhoea in men can cause infections of the testicles and prostate, which can be extremely painful and reduce fertility.
In rare cases, the infection can spread to other parts of the body, causing skin rashes and inflammation of the joints and tendons or even inflammation around the brain, spinal cord or heart, which can be fatal.
The infection is treated with antibiotics, such as a combination of Azithromycin and Cefixime. Over the years, the bacteria has grown resistant to a number of antibiotics which have traditionally been used to cure gonorrhoea, such as penicillin. That's why taking two antibiotics together in a single powerful dose is often the most effective way of treating the infection.
Yes. At 121doc you can buy a Gonorrhoea Treatment Pack which includes the two forms of antibiotics, Azithromycin and Cefixime, necessary to cure the infection. You will need to fill out a free online consultation, which is completely confidential, so that we can ensure that the treatment pack is the best option for you.
Once a prescription has been issued for the medication, it will be dispatched from the pharmacy using a free 24 hour delivery service. If you live in London you may receive your treatment in as little as two hours.