What is it?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria. Gonorrhea, also knows as “The Clap”, can cause serious health problems and has to be treated. Gonorrhea can infect the penis, rectum, throat, or cervix.

How do you get it?

You can get gonorrhea if you have unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex with a person who already has the infection. If you are pregnant you can pass it on to your baby when you are giving birth.

How can you tell if you have it?

You may have gonorrhea and not have any signs or symptoms. You can pass it on without even knowing that you have it. If you have gonorrhea and you do have symptoms, you might notice:

Female

  • yellowish-white vaginal discharge
  • vaginal and, or rectal bleeding
  • pain in your lower abdomen
  • pain when you urinate

Male

  • a burning feeling when you urinate
  • yellowish discharge coming out of your penis
  • burning around the hole of your penis
  • pain or swelling of the testicles

How do you get tested?

A doctor or nurse will check for infection by asking you for a urine sample or taking a swab of the infected area of the cervix, urethra or rectum.

How is it treated?

Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics. It is important to tell your sexual partner that you have gonorrhea. They need to get treated too. You and your partner should not have sex until you have completed treatment and have been told that the infection is gone. Even if you are treated for this infection, you can get it back if you have sex with someone who is infected or has not been treated. Sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhea, often have no symptoms at all.

Source: Health Canada

Where can I get help?

Visit one of our Sexual Health Clinics or speak confidentially with a Public Health Nurse by calling 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 779.