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Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that lives in the mucous lining of the cock, throat, ass or eyes.
If symptoms are present they will usually develop within 2 to 10 days. Many people who have gonorrhoea will not show symptoms, particularly if they have it in the throat or ass.
Gonorrhoea can be transmitted through giving or receiving oral sex, anal sex, and ass play such as fingering, rimming or fisting. Touching an infected person’s cock or ass and then touching your own cock, ass or eyes can also transmit the infection.
Many people who have gonorrhoea will show no symptoms, especially if they have it in the throat or anus. The way to find out is by getting a test. Gonorrhoea can be detected by a urethral swab or urine test as well as swabs collected from the anus, throat, or front hole. It is preferable not to pee for at least one hour prior to having a urine test.
Gonorrhoea is cured with antibiotics. However, recent strains are becoming increasingly antibiotic resistant. If gonorrhoea is in the anus or throat, there will be no symptoms and a follow-up test may be required to ensure the antibiotics are effective. Sexual contact should be avoided for at least a week to ensure the infection has cleared after treatment.
If you’re living with HIV and diagnosed early, gonorrhoea is easily treatable.
Using condoms provides the best protection from gonorrhoea, however the site of infection may be outside where condoms cover. Washing your hands with soap and water immediately after sex can also help prevent transmission, especially if having sex with multiple partners.
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