Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus. It used to be known as "the clap".
Gonorrhoea is a common sexually transmitted infection.
Gonorrhoea is mainly spread through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex.
Not everyone with gonorrhoea has symptoms. Common symptoms include unusual discharge from your vagina or penis and pain when peeing.
Gonorrhoea is treated with antibiotics. You can get treatment from a sexual health clinic.
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