Three reasons to have a Gonorrhoea test with Better2Know:
- Gonorrhoea testing is quick, efficient and painless
- Gonorrhoea has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, so it is important to receive regular testing
- Better2Know can arrange your private and confidential appointment today
What is Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is a highly infectious STI. It is one of the world’s fastest growing sexually transmitted infections. It often causes no symptoms in the early stages. Gonorrhoea can be a major cause of infertility in women, as well as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is a serious condition which needs to be managed by an expert. In men, Gonorrhoea can trigger the swelling or inflammation of the testicles and prostate, and cause other genital or urinary pain. If you have Gonorrhoea it can increase your risk of contracting another STI, such as HIV.
Any sexual contact with an infected person carries a high risk of Gonorrhoea transmission. The infection can live in the genital tract, throat and rectum of both men and women. In men it can live in the testes, penis and semen, and in the vagina and urinary tract of a woman.
Many people with Gonorrhoea experience little or no signs of infection. If you do have symptoms, they can start to occur from five days to a month after you have caught the infection. Symptoms can include:
- Burning upon urination
- Painful bowel movements
- Soreness in the infected area (genitals, throat, rectum)
- Women may experience a yellowish discharge from the vagina, or vaginal bleeding
- Men may experience unusual penile discharge and painful or swollen testicles
Did You Know
Gonorrhoea is a common STI in Australia, and three out of four new cases occur in people between 15 and 34 years old. Read more.
Gonorrhoea testing with Better2Know is quick, painless and stress-free. We can use a urine sample or swab of your throat, vagina or rectum to detect infection. You can be tested for Gonorrhoea at all of Better2Know’s testing facilities across Australia.
It is important to get medical help if you do have a Gonorrhoea infection. Though some strains of antibiotic resistant Gonorrhoea have occurred, your doctor will help you to get the right medicine for your infection. It is always suggested that you take a "test of cure" around two weeks after you have finished your medication.
An untreated Gonorrhoea infection can cause fertility problems for both men and women. Often people will have no symptoms until it is too late and their fertility has been compromised.
In women, an infection can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility and, potentially, ectopic pregnancy. Women can transmit the bacteria to their unborn child during pregnancy or labour, and pregnant women with Gonorrhoea have higher rates of miscarriage, infection of the amniotic sac and fluid, preterm birth, and Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes. New-born infants can also develop an infection, most commonly in the eyes, and may eventually go blind if left untreated.
For men, an untreated infection can lead to reduced fertility, and pain and discomfort in the genito-urinary area.
Book your Gonorrhoea test
To book your Gonorrhoea test with Better2Know today, or to find out more about our other tests, clinics and services in Australia, contact our experienced team on the telephone number above. Alternatively, you can arrange your appointment online by selecting the Book Now button at the top of the page.