As gonorrhoea doesn’t always cause symptoms, you might not think you need to see a doctor. However, it can lead to health complications if it’s left untreated, so it’s important to get yourself tested as soon as possible after you’ve had unprotected sex.
If gonorrhoea is caught early, it can be treated more easily and you’re less likely to develop complications. Even if your tests reveal that you don’t have gonorrhoea, you will at least have peace of mind.
Who should get tested for gonorrhoea?
Sexually active people under the age of 25 are considered most at risk from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including gonorrhoea. In fact, it’s recommended that you take a test once a year, just in case.
There are also a number of warning signs that you need to be aware of. If any of the following applies to you, it’s best to see a doctor.
- You notice any of the symptoms of gonorrhoea
- You’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner
- Your partner or former partner tells you they’ve been diagnosed with gonorrhoea
- You used a condom that split during vaginal, oral or anal intercourse
- Your new partner has previously had unprotected sex and not been tested for gonorrhoea
- You’re trying to get pregnant and have never been tested
- You have any other reason to think that you might have gonorrhoea