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Transmission, symptoms and screening for gonorrhea

How is gonorrhea transmitted?

Gonorrhea is contracted during unprotected sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral or anal) with an infected person. You can pass it on without even knowing you are infected.

What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?

Most people who are infected do not experience any symptoms. Symptoms usually appear between 2 and 7 days after exposure to the bacterium.

In women, symptoms can include:

  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • A vaginal discharge (thick and yellowish) or abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • An anal discharge or itching
  • Pain or bleeding during sexual intercourse
  • Lower abdominal pain

In men, symptoms can include:

  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Itching or discharge from the penis or anus (thick and greenish-yellow)
  • Testicular pain and swelling
  • A sore throat or swelling of the throat

How to get tested?

NAAT (in most cases):

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