Gonorrhea (also known as “The Clap”) is a common STI that can be cured with antibiotics. If not treated early, it can seriously affect on your health and, like Chlamydia, may cause sterility.

It usually takes three to five days for symptoms of gonorrhea to appear. But you can be infected with gonorrhea and show no symptoms at all. You can get and spread gonorrhea through oral, anal, and vaginal sex.

Most females infected with gonorrhea don’t have any symptoms, but you may have gonorrhea if you have:

  • New or different discharge from your vagina
  • Burning feeling when peeing
  • Pain in your abdomen, sometimes with fever and chills
  • Pain during sex

Most males infected with gonorrhea don’t have any symptoms. You may have gonorrhea if you have:

  • Discharge from your penis (thick, creamy, and yellow-green in colour)
  • Burning feeling when peeing
  • Painful or swollen testicles

Remember, you can have gonorrhea and not even know it. That’s why it’s important to practice safer sex by wearing a condom. It is also very important that you & your partner are tested before having sex. Gonorrhea, if properly treated, can be cured with antibiotics. You’ll need to follow all treatment instructions carefully and be sure to have a follow-up visit with your nurse or doctor to make sure all signs of the infection are gone. If left untreated, gonorrhea can seriously affect your life and lead to sterility. Tell your partner if you’ve become infected with gonorrhea so they can get tested and treated.