SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
There are a range of bugs and viruses that you can catch during sex. Learn about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), how to prevent them, how to diagnose them and how they are treated.
What is it?
Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection you can get in your eyes, throat, cock, arse, vagina or front-hole.
How do you get it?
You can only get gonorrhoea from sexual contact with someone who has gonorrhoea — through oral sex, anal sex, vaginal or front-hole sex, and by arse, vaginal or front-hole play such as fingering, fisting or using toys.
What are the symptoms?
Some people don’t have symptoms when they get gonorrhoea, which means you can have gonorrhoea and not know about it. If you do get symptoms, they can appear around two to three days after exposure for cis-guys but may take longer for trans-guys.
Having gonorrhoea in your cock can sometimes show symptoms, though gonorrhoea in your throat, arse, vagina or front-hole may not have any symptoms.
Common symptoms may include:
- Pain or discomfort when pissing
- A yellow or white discharge from your cock
- Redness around the opening of your cock (urethra)
- A red, sore or painful throat
- Anal discharge and discomfort when shitting
- Unusual vaginal or front-hole discharge
- Irregular vaginal or front-hole bleeding
- Red, infected eyes — similar to conjunctivitis
Diagnosis and treatment
A doctor diagnoses gonorrhoea by taking a swab of your throat, arse, vagina or front-hole along with a urine (piss) sample for laboratory testing.
Treatment is straightforward with a short course of antibiotics. Avoid all sexual contact for seven days after you complete treatment to stop gonorrhoea from spreading.
How do you prevent it?
Apart from not having any sex, the most effective way to help prevent gonorrhoea is to use condoms, dams and gloves during sex. However, gonorrhoea can still spread even when these barriers are used.
Going for regular sexual health tests will identify gonorrhoea before it becomes a problem and helps prevent it from spreading.