What is Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It's sometimes also referred to as "the clap" or "the drip". The bacteria can infect mucus membranes in the penis, anus, vagina, throat and eyes.
If left untreated gonorrhoea can can cause serious health complications, but can be treated with antibiotics.
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of gonorrhoea infections among gay and bisexual men in Ireland over the past 3 years. If you have any symptoms it's important to get tested and treated immediately. If you haven't had an STI screening in more than 6 months it might be time to get one.
You can pass on or get gonorrhoea if you are sexually active, no matter what your age, race, class or creed or whether you use pubs, clubs, saunas, cruising areas, personal adverts or the internet to meet other men for sex.