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Sexually Transmitted Infections.

What is it?

Gonorrhoea Gonorrhoea is similar to Chlamydia but less common. Women aged 16-24, and men aged 20-24 are at the greatest risk. You can get it through oral, vaginal or anal sex


The symptoms are different for men and women.  Most women don't have any symptoms but most men have symptoms.

In men

In women

Most women do not have symptoms but could have:

What is it caused by?


How is it diagnosed?

By taking a swab from the genital area.

How is it treated?

By a short course of antibiotics from your GP or Sexual Health clinic. Your partner also needs to be tested and treated.

What can happen if it’s not treated?

Left untreated it can cause infertility (inability to have a child) Ectopic pregnancy and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Occasionally gonorrhoea spreads into the blood stream causing infection of the heart, brain and joints.

Safer Sex

You cannot tell by looking at someone if they have a sexually transmitted infection, so if you are having sex (oral, anal or vaginal) the only way to make sure you are not putting yourself at risk is to practise safer sex.
This means:

Condoms / Femidoms also protect you from other STIs including HIV. Always check the packaging for the British Standard kitemark or European product mark as well as the date of expiry.

Free condoms are available throughout Dumfries & Galloway. See the Clinic List.

Testing and treatment is available from:

  • General Practitioners
  • Sexual Health D&G, Nithbank, Dumfries.
    Daily drop-in Mon-Fri 9.00-11.00am
    Mon 4.30-6.00pm
  • Stranraer Community Hospital
    Every Monday 5.00 - 6.30pm
    Every Wednesday 10.30 - 11.30am

Tel: 0345 702 3687 for other appointments