You can reduce your risk of developing gonorrhoea and spreading it to others by following these four simple tips.
Use a condom - Use a condom during all types of sex (vaginal, anal and oral) and if you are sharing sex toys. Washing the toy and covering it with a new condom each time will keep you and your partner free from infection.
Limit your number of sex partners - The more partners you have, the greater your chance of developing gonorrhoea. In many cases, there are no symptoms and people may not know they are infected and pass it on to you, unknowingly. Get tested every time you change partners and if you do test positive, try and contact everyone you've had sexual contact with. Abstain from sex during treatment and wait until you've been given the all clear.
Talk to your partner - Before embarking on a relationship, tell your partner about your sexual history and ask after theirs. Be honest. Talk about the benefits of regular testing, symptoms to look out for and the need to use condoms. The more you know about gonorrhoea and other STIs, the more likely you are to identify symptoms and get immediate treatment. Share your information with others and be open.
Get tested regularly - If you are in a stable relationship, it is recommended you get tested once a year, even if you don't have symptoms. Otherwise, you should get tested every time you change sexual partners. Here at raTrust, we can offer you various types of STI tests. You can test for gonorrhoea at home, discreetly and conveniently, at a time that is convenient for you and have your results within hours.
Last updated October 3, 2016