It doesn't discriminate

Whether you’re male or female, 18 or 80, have just one sexual partner or many – it doesn’t matter because anyone who’s sexually active can get gonorrhoea. If you change sexual partners frequently or don’t use condoms, you could be particularly at risk of being infected. The stats show more than half of all gonorrhoea diagnoses were among heterosexuals aged between 15 and 24.


And the infection doesn’t limit itself to one particular part of the body, either. As well as infections of the genitals, both men and women can develop infections in the rectum, eyes or throat by having unprotected anal or oral sex. Infection in the rectum can cause pain or discharge, and if you get infected semen or vaginal fluid in your eyes, you can develop conjunctivitis. Usually, there are no symptoms if the throat is infected.


The usual symptoms in men are a discharge from the penis and pain or a burning sensation when urinating. Women may notice a discharge from the vagina and pain or burning when passing urine.


Getting tested is painless

You really shouldn’t be worried about getting tested – it can easily be done with a urine sample. It can sometimes involve a visual examination to look for signs of infection, giving a blood sample or a swab of the genital area. Remember, getting tested is a sensible health decision, and you shouldn’t be embarrassed to seek help.