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What is Gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoea. In both men and women, if gonorrhea is left untreated, it may spread locally causing health complications.

How does one get Gonorrhoea? 

  • Sexual intercourse with an infected person (vaginal, anal or oral sex) 
  • Mother to child (during normal child birth) 
  • Casual social contact and toilet seats are not recognized modes of transmission


How is Gonorrhoea diagnosed? 

  • Smear test and culture from secretions of the infected parts (urethra, throat, rectum and cervix) 
  • Urine PCR for Gonorrhoea
  • Blood tests do not help in diagnosis


Can Gonorrhoea be cured? 

Yes, if it is detected and treated in the early stages with appropriate antibiotics

Find out more through this Patient Information Leaflet.

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Last update on 28 Nov 2013