Treatment & Testing of Gonorrhoea

Testing of Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea can be diagnosed by a swab collected from the urethra, cervix, anus or throat, or by a urine sample. It is important to remember that a pap smear only tests for changes to the cervix and not for STI's.

For testing and medical advice and treatment please contact your local doctor or a sexual health clinic in your area.

Treatment of gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea can be treated with a course of antibiotics. A follow-up test is required when the antibiotic course is finished to ensure that the infection has gone. All sexual partners should be tested and treated. You should avoid sexual intercourse (oral, anal and vaginal) for 7 days after the treatment otherwise you may still transmit the infection or become re-infected.

For testing and medical advice and treatment please contact your local doctor or a sexual health clinic in your area.

Prevention of Gonorrhoea

Treatment of GonorrhoeaUsing condoms or dams reduces the risk of contracting gonorrhoea, since they stop body fluids like semen, blood and vaginal fluids from being exchanged. 

A dam is a thin latex square held over the vaginal or anal area during oral sex. Using gladwrap is not a safe alternative to dams, but a condom split along one side and laid flat can be used as a dam. Dams are available from selected chemist. For more information on Dams, please visit

Emotional Support

Finding out you have gonorrhoea can be quite a shock and extremely stressful. You may even experience it as being challenging for your partner and for your overall relationship. It is also important to overcome these emotional effects, since feeling distressed will impact your overall wellbeing.

Sexual Health Australia offers counselling and support for individuals and/or their partners who are dealing with the discovery of gonorrhoea. In the counselling sessions we would work on overcoming the emotional effects and you are encouraged to express your feelings. Additionally, we will provide further education and information about the condition and we will guide you in taking the appropriate steps to coping with the situation emotionally. You are supported to develop goals and skills to deal with the challenge together and/or individually.  The counsellor is respectful and mindful of the individual and relationship challenges, and your norms and values.

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We do not offer STI testing or medical advice, for an overall check up and medical treatment please contact either your GP or a Sexual Health Clinic in your area.



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