What is gonorrhea?

All facts about gonorrhea on the table! Gonorrhea is often colloquially called gonorrhea. It is one of the most common and longest known sexually transmitted bacterial infections caused by gonococci. We tell you about gonorrhea, how to recognize it and how to prevent it. But before we get started, here are a few hard facts about gonorrhea:

💡 An estimated 60 million people worldwide are infected with gonorrhea every year

💡 The infectious disease is not notifiable in Germany

💡 Gonorrhea – a sexist? Not at all: men and women are equally affected by infection

💡 The name gonorrhea goes back to the Dutch word for “drop”

What are the typical symptoms of gonorrhea?

The first symptoms can appear after just a few days, but the incubation period can last up to two weeks.

Gonorrhea symptoms in women

  • purulent discharge or spotting
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Fever and pain in the abdomen
  • Pain during urination or bowel movements

Gonorrhea symptoms in men

  • purulent discharge from the urethra
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Epididymitis or prostatitis
  • Pain when urinating

💡 Good to know: Gonococci in the throat and rectum usually cause no symptoms, but can be transmitted to sexual partners. In the rectum, this increases the risk of HIV infection. If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to an infection of the vas deferens. In people with a vagina, the infection can affect the cervix and fallopian tubes and, if left untreated, can lead to infertility due to adhesions. Babies can be infected with gonorrhea at birth, which manifests itself in conjunctivitis and has often led to blindness if left untreated.

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Where can you catch gonorrhea?


Very high risk of infection

  • Unprotected anal, oral or vaginal intercourse
  • Using shared sex toys

Infection extremely unlikely

  • Toilets
  • Sauna

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Who should take a gonorrhea test?

  • People with an active and varied sex life
  • Sex workers
  • People who have a chlamydia infection
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at greater risk of infection
  • Pregnant women (these tests are carried out as part of medical prenatal care)

When should I get tested for gonorrhea?

In order to reliably detect a gonorrhea infection, you should wait about 2-3 days (diagnostic window).

Where can I get tested for gonorrhea?

Do you notice symptoms that might fit? Then you should see your doctor. However, as many gonorrhea infections are asymptomatic, regular testing is a step towards safe sex.

Rapid test at home

Unfortunately, there are currently no reliable home tests as rapid tests for gonorrhea that are approved in the EU. The test methods are not sensitive enough to reliably detect an infection.

Health authorities and AIDS service organizations

You can find these in many larger cities and municipalities and, of course, in almost every major city. The best way to find out about the offer and the possible costs is to visit the respective website.

Submission test

These are home tests that are sent to a laboratory. Although the results are very reliable, you are usually left alone with them.

The s.a.m health test

The s.a.m. health STI test is an exception among the submission tests. You will receive a medically trained briefing by telephone before the test is carried out. Your test will be sent to the laboratory and analyzed according to the latest medical standards. We will then be there for you and discuss the next steps if the result is positive.

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Test procedure for reliable gonorrhea tests

Detection of pathogen genetic material

This test is also known as PCR test. The method is very sensitive and provides particularly reliable results, even without symptoms. The test for gonorrhea at s.a.m. health also uses this method.

Detection of antibodies

Your body reacts after an infection and forms antibodies. These can be detected in the blood after some time. However, it says nothing about whether the disease is cured or in need of treatment.

Microscopic evidence and bacterial culture

If there are symptoms, the doctor will also take a swab and examine it microscopically. Depending on the spread of the infection, the gonococci may already be recognizable there. For a precise analysis and reliable diagnosis, bacterial cultures are then created in the laboratory, which also provide information about the most suitable antibiotics for treatment and resistance.

How is gonorrhea treated?

How do you get rid of gonorrhea? A gonococcal (gonorrhea) infection can usually be treated well with antibiotics. Therefore, always consult a doctor. They will discuss the treatment options with you and prescribe an effective antibiotic. Many antibiotic-resistant strains have developed in recent years, which is why proper treatment under medical supervision is absolutely essential.

And sex? Yes, we know sex is beautiful! But until the treatment is complete, it is better to avoid it. This also applies even if the symptoms have already subsided. The antibodies always subside after an infection. The body’s own protection therefore does not last a lifetime. Protect yourself and get tested regularly.

Also remember to inform your sexual partners if you test positive so that they can also get tested and you are not potentially exposed to a new risk of infection the next time you have contact.

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