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Gonorrhoea Symptoms

Gonorrhoea Symptoms

Both men and women may have gonorrhoea (gonorrhea) without experiencing symptoms, so you can be infected without knowing that anything is wrong.

Symptoms of oral or anal gonorrhoea

Both men and women may experience a sore throat or discharge from the rectum (as well as itching) if gonorrhoea is present in these areas.

Alternatively, there may be no symptoms at all.

Foot Notes:
1. New South Wales Health Department
2. www.nevdgp.org.au
3. Femail.com.au

*Gonorrhoea - Also spelt Gonorrhea

In Men

Symptoms usually occur within 2-10 days after infection, though symptoms sometimes take months to appear.

Symptoms in men are due to a urethral infection(1). The main symptoms due to urethritis are:

  • A burning sensation on passing urine
  • A pus-like (white or yellow) discharge or leak

The first noticeable symptom is a slight discomfort on passing urine, which can later, become very painful ‘like passing razor blades’ if it is not treated. A discharge of creamy pus from the tip of the penis follows. Sometimes there is no discharge, just pain and sometimes there are no symptoms at all.(2)

In Women

Because women are less likely to experience symptoms from gonorrhoea the infection can go undetected for longer. Sometimes gonorrhoea causes:

  • An unusual discharge from the vagina
  • Pain while urinating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever (3)
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