This common sexually transmitted infection (STI) is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoea bacteria. The bacteria are usually found in discharge from the penis and vaginal fluid and can infect the cervix, urethra and rectum. In some cases, it can also affect the eyes or throat.
Gonorrhoea can cause long-term fertilityproblems. It is important to get tested regularly.
It is usually spread through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex.
The infection can also be passed between mother and baby. If you are pregnant, you will be tested and treated before your baby is born.
There are often no obvious signs of being infected with Gonorrhoea.
Testing and Treatments:
If you are aged 16 years or over and live in Lancashire (excluding Blackburn with Darwen), you can request a FREE bespoke STI postal testing kit.
To test for gonorrhoea, men do a simple urine sample. Women will need to take a vaginal swab.
If your test result is positive, the team will then arrange an appointment for you to be treated.
You will be invited for a test of cure 2 weeks after treatment.