What is Gonorrhoea?
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Getting Tested

Gonorrhoea (gonorrhea) can be diagnosed by a swab collected from the urethra, cervix, anus or throat, or by urine sample. It is important not to pass urine for a minimum of three hours before having these tests collected.(1)

Foot Notes:
1. New South Wales Health Department
2. Victorian Government Department of Human Services
3. As Above
4. Family Planning WA
5. Healthy S.A: Department of Human Services South Australia

*Gonorrhoea - Also spelt Gonorrhea


Treatment of gonorrhoea involves antibiotics (penicillin) usually given in a high, single dose by injection. A drug called probenecid can also be given prior to the injection to prolong the action of penicillin – other drugs are available if you are allergic to penicillin. Oral medications are also available. (2)

Some strains of gonorrhoea have become penicillin-resistant in which case alternative medications can be used. Many of the new strains of gonorrhoea that are penicillin–resistant come from overseas it is important to inform your doctor if your infection could have been picked up outside Australia. (3)

You should avoid sex until after the treatment is complete, and make sure that all sexual partners are treated at the same time. (4)

5-10 days after treatment a follow up test may be done to check that the gonorrhoea has been cured. (5)

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