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What is it?

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the UK.

Gonorrhoea is easily treated. However, if left untreated in women, gonorrhoea can spread to other reproductive organs (the womb and the fallopian tubes). This could go on to cause long-term pain, blocked tubes, infertility and ectopic pregnancy (this is when a pregnancy develops in the fallopian tube rather than in the womb). If untreated in men, gonorrhoea can cause a painful infection in the testicles and prostate gland.

What is “Super-gonorrhoea”?

Super-gonorrhoea is a term sometimes used for extensively drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea. These strains have high-levels of resistance to certain antibiotics and are therefore treated with alternative antibiotics. 

Any person who is diagnosed with gonorrhoea will have a test to check that the infection will respond to the antibiotic they are given. 

All patients are advised  to use condoms with new or casual partners to reduce the risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection.

Detailed information on STIs is available on the NHS website.

See the FPA website for a range of downloadable leaflets on sexually transmitted infections.

The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) website also features a range of downloadable leaflets on STIs.