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Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria called Neisseria Gonorrhoeae or gonococcus. It used to be known as “the clap”.

The bacteria are found mainly in discharge from the penis and vaginal fluid from infected men and women. Gonorrhoea is easily passed between people through:

  • unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex, and
  • sharing vibrators or other sex aids, that have not been washed or covered with a new condom each time they are used.

It can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby.

Typical symptoms are an unusual discharge from the vagina or penis and pain when urinating.

For full details of Gonorrhoea click here to be taken to the NHS Choices website. If you are worried you may be at risk of having an STI or have any symptoms (as mentioned on the NHS Choices link to Gonorrhoea), you should visit your local sexual health or GUM clinic to have them checked out.


(Link checked as correct on 18/10/2013 by SA next update due 18/4/2014)

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