Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted disease, so you may be at risk if you have had unprotected sex. A condom should be able to prevent you from catching gonorrhoea as long as it doesn’t split or fall off. Gonorrhoea can be transmitted through any kind of sexual activity and the infection can affect the cervix, urethra, throat or rectum. However, you cannot catch gonorrhoea through non-sexual contact with an infected person and the bacteria can’t survive very long outside the body, so you can’t catch it by using the same bathroom.
Who Should Have a Gonorrhoea Test?
The symptoms of gonorrhoea include discharge from the penis or vagina, pain while urinating, and bleeding between periods for women. You should get yourself tested as soon as possible if you notice these kinds of symptoms. However, it may be necessary to have a private gonorrhoea test even if you haven’t noticed any of these signs as it is possible to be infected without having any symptoms.
If you think that you might be at risk, you can arrange a private gonorrhoea test to find out if you have been infected. Routine STI testing is always a good idea if you are sexually active, but it is particularly important to get yourself tested if you have had unprotected sex. You should also arrange a gonorrhoea test if one of your sexual partners has been diagnosed with this STI.
Gonorrhoea is also one of the STIs that you should be tested for if you are planning to become a parent or if you find out that you are pregnant. The bacteria can be transferred from mother to baby during the birth and it can cause serious health problems for a newborn, including blindness. Your doctor will recommend an STI test if you are pregnant, but you can also arrange a private gonorrhoea test or complete STI test if you are thinking about having a baby.