Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can affect both men and women. As the term STI suggests, it's commonly spread through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex and it most often affects the genital tract, rectum or throat.

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Symptoms of Gonorrhea

It’s quite normal for gonorrhea to show little to no symptoms. Though, when symptoms do appear they may differ depending on the part of the body that has been affected [1].

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Genital tract

  • Painful urination
  • Discharge
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain


  • Anal itching
  • Discharge
  • Spots of blood after using the loo


  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes

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If you notice any signs or symptoms of gonorrhea, it’s important to find out more - this can be done by taking a trip to your doctors office or from the comfort of your own home with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked offers a range of at-home STI tests which check for some of the most common bacterial and viral infections including gonorrhea. Online results will be available within 5 days and our dedicated medical team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Should you test positive - prescriptions will be provided free of charge.

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  1. Mayo Clinic. Gonorrhea. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019