Gonorrhoea Screening Singapore

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What is Gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that is commonly passed on through unprotected sex (vaginal, anal and oral).

Who should get tested?

We recommend testing for anyone that has symptoms (see below) or has had recent unprotected sex with casual partners within the last 3 months even if there are no discernible symptoms.

How do we test for Gonorrhoea?

For Men:

For Women:

Both may also experience swelling of lymph nodes in the groin area. Rectal and throat gonorrhoea may produce discharge and pain in the affected area.

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How do we test for Gonorrhoea?

Symptoms can be quite classical for gonorrohea but due to possible overlapping symptoms, urine screening and vaginal swabs are recommended for screening. Depending on the exposure, for example oral and anal sex, it may be advisable to perform throat and anal swabs as well.

How do we treat Gonorrhoea?

A single dose of antibiotics via an injection is the treatment of choice and has high success rates. Resistant gonorrhoea (dubbed super gonorrhoea) is rare but will require hospital follow up.

What happens if it is left untreated?

For women, untreated gonorrhoea can spread to the pelvic area and then onto the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. This is called pelvic inflammatory disease and may require surgical intervention. Symptoms may include high fever and severe abdominal pain. Once pelvic inflammatory disease is diagnosed there is a significant risk of infertility.

A special note for pregnant ladies is while the infection passing to the baby within the womb is rare, it is possible to infect the baby as they are being born and passing through the birth canal. Infection this way could lead to serious and potentially life-threatening infections for the baby.

For men, the infection may spread to the testicles and surrounding structures which may cause pain and may lead to infertility.

How to prevent getting Gonorrhoea?

There is no guaranteed way to prevent gonorrhoea except abstinence from sex but using protection goes a long way in reducing the risk. As long as the condom remains intact and in position during sex, it can offer up to 95% reduction in risk. The only caveat to this is using condoms for oral sex as a tear in the latex is more likely and therefore protection is lowered.

However, if those at risk screen and treat infections regularly, the overall chance of infection is significantly reduced.

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Frequently Asked Questions


When should I go for STD screening?

You should consider screening if you have symptoms of a possible STD, if you have had a recent risky exposure (unprotected sex with a casual partner), or both.

Can I get STDs from oral sex?

Yes, you can. The common misconception is that oral sex is not considered ‘real’ sex and therfore has no risk but the opposite is true. Often oral sex is performed without protection and this is why infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea can pass on through oral sex.

Can STDs be cured?

Thankfully the majority can be cured but there are some such as Herpes and HIV that can be treated but not cured. This is why prevention is better than cure and ensuring safe sex goes a long way to reduce your risks.

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