In Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Haringey, Hillingdon, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Richmond & Twickenham, Southwark, Sutton & Merton or Wandsworth when you are screened for Chlamydia you will also be tested for Gonorrhoea at the same time.
If your test is positive for Gonorrhoea you will need antibiotics and you will be asked to attend a specialist sexual health clinic where your will have another test to check that the infection responds to the antibiotic you have been given.
If you are pregnant or not able to take these tablets, you may be given a longer course of antibiotics. It is important that you take all your tablets to get rid of the infection.
It is important not to get re-infected. To do this you should make sure:
If you have got chlamydia or gonorrhoea, anyone (partners and ex-partners) you have had sex (anal, oral or vaginal) within the 3 months needs to be treated too. They will need to get treated.
If you have had sex with this person they may have chlamydia (or gonorrhoea) and can pass it back to you or give it to someone else. Both men and women can develop serious health problems including infertility (being unable to have a baby).
We understand that it can seem scary to talk about something so personal. The nurse/health advisor at a sexual health clinic can help you find the best way to approach your partner or ex partners.
It can be arranged for a health advisor at a sexual health clinic or for a member of our staff to get in touch with your partner (past or present) for you in a confidential way without mentioning your name. Just contact your local chlamydia screening office and we will be able to help arrange this for you.