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Gonorrhoea also called the "clap" or "drip," is a contagious disease transmitted most often through sexual contact with an infected person. Gonorrhoea may also be spread by contact with infected bodily fluids, making it possible for a mother to pass on the infection to her newborn during childbirth.


It’s caused by infection with the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It tends to infect warm, moist areas of the body, including the:

  • urethra (the tube that drains urine from the urinary bladder)

  • eyes

  • throat

  • vagina

  • anus

  • female reproductive tract (the fallopian tubes, cervix, and uterus)


Not all people infected with gonorrhoea have symptoms, so knowing when to seek treatment can be tricky.


To reduce your risk of gonorrhoea infection:

  • The best protection against sexually transmitted infections is abstinence or monogamy (sex with only one partner).

  • Use condoms correctly if you choose to have indiscriminate sex.

  • Avoid behaviours that make a person more likely to engage in indiscriminate and unprotected sex. These behaviours include alcohol abuse and illegal drug abuse, particularly intravenous drug use.


Gonorrhoea can be treated and cured. To cure a gonorrhoea infection, your doctor will give you either an oral or injectable antibiotic. Your partner should also be treated at the same time to prevent reinfection and further spread of the disease.



Culled from Staywellworld blog post dated May 06, 2017.

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