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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are symptoms and treatments for gonorrhea?

    How can I tell if I have gonorrhea and what should I do if I think I have it?
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  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    You should see a Dr.or attend a sexual health service ASAP. Gonorrhoea is a curable sexually transmitted infection. It is most common in young adults. The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea can infect the genital tract, mouth or anus.Gonorrhoea does not always cause symptoms, especially in women. In men, gonorrhoea can cause pain when urinating and discharge from the penis. If untreated, can lead to infertility. In women, gonorrhoea can cause bleeding between periods, pain when urinating and increased discharge from the vagina. If untreated, it can lead to pelvic inflamatory disease which causes problems with pregnancy and infertility. Gonorrhoea can pass from mother to baby during pregnancy.
    Brenda
    Women’s Health Educator
    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide

    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).

    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer


    You can cure gonorrhea with antibiotics prescribed by your health care provider. Correct usage of latex condoms greatly reduces, but does not eliminate, the risk of catching or spreading gonorrhea

  • Dr Karen Osborne

    GP (General Practitioner)

    Sydney GP specialising in Reproductive & Sexual Health for both women and men. At Clinic 66, we deal with a wide range of reproductive and … View Profile

    Often there are no symptoms, but if left untreated, Gonorrheoa can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease which can lead to fertility problems. That is why it is important to have regular STI testing.

    Symptoms in Women include: vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, pain on intercourse, pain on passing urine

    Symptoms in Men: pain on passing urine, penile discharge, penile redness, testicular pain

    Either gender can also experience anal discharge / discomfort or sore throat depending on sexual practices & the site of infection.

    Treatment is usually with an intramuscular injection of antibiotics and is best done in a sexual health clinic.

    I have attached the Family Planning NSW leaflet on Gonorrhoea
    http://www.fpnsw.org.au/749562_8.html

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