Gonorrhoea is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI)  It is transmitted through oral, anal and vaginal sex.


Many people with gonorrhoea won’t have any symptoms.

If you have a penis you are more likely to experience symptoms.  You may have burning when you pass urine, a yellow discharge or pain and inflammation in the testicles.

If you have a vagina you might notice a change in discharge, bleeding between periods or after sex or pelvic pain.


You can order an online test kit SH:24 for free to check for gonorrhoea infection.

Gonorrhoea may take 2 weeks from the time of infection to show up on a test.

If you have symptoms or are worried, you can:


Gonorrhoea is treated with antibiotics.

If you are treated with gonorrhoea we will provide you with a personal health checklist 


You can prevent gonorrhoea and other STIs by:

  • using condoms. You can request free condoms at our clinics.
  • Testing each time you change your sexual partner can help reduce the transmission of STIs.

More information

Visit NHS Choices - gonorrhoea

gc_pil_print_a4_02.pdf (bashhguidelines.org)