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Probably the best-known STI. It's caused by a bacteria that lives in moist, warm parts of the body.
One in ten men won't have any symptoms but those who do.
Gonorrhoea is the second most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection after Chlamydia.
You can become infected with gonorrhoea through oral, vaginal or anal sex.
A bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
Practising safe sex by using a condom and reducing the number of sexual partners will help reduce the risk of infection.
To prevent the risk of transmitting gonorrhoea to a partner, symptoms should be treated as soon as you notice them. Infection occasionally causes epididymitis (inflammation of the male reproductive tubes). In women gonorrhoea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to infertility.
Antibiotics — a single dose of ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin or ampicillin. A single dose of ceftriaxone, cefotaxime or spectinomycin, injected into muscle, may be given to treat resistant strains.
Gonorrhoea can be easily, effectively and permanently treated. If left untreated it can ultimately cause serious problems such as arthritis and even blindness.
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Date of last review 08/04/14
Date of next review 08/04/17