Frequently asked Gonorrhoea questions
Below you’ll find answers to some of the questions people ask about Gonorrhoea and contacting their partners.
For more information on Gonorrhoea (Fact Sheets) click here .
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Gonorrhoea is a worldwide disease, affecting both males and females. In Australia, the rate of notified cases of gonorrhoea increased in the late 1990s to a level not seen since the mid 1980s, this increase has been sustained in Victoria.
The increase has involved men who have sex with men (who comprised approximately two thirds of cases) and also heterosexual men.It is most prevalent in people aged 15 – 29. Infection may be symptomatic or asymptomatic.
Gonorrhoea is passed from one person to another by sexual contact.
If you have gonnorrhoea, then it is very likely that one or more of your sexual partners also have this infection.
Telling your sexual partners is important because it:
Gonorrhoea usually presents with symptoms in men (a profuse discharge from the penis) but is usually asymptomatic if the infection involves the throat or anus. About half of all women with gonorrhoea don’t have any symptoms and so they don’t know they have the infection.
You need to tell your partners that they:
Most people prefer their partners to talk to them face-to-face or over the phone about this issue.
However, if this is not possible, or you don’t feel comfortable doing this, then think of using other methods such as email, SMS or a letter in the post.
Remember, you don’t have to explain everything to your partners. Just give your partners our Fact Sheet or tell then to:
It’s important to tell your partners as soon as possible. The sooner they get tested and treated the better. If you put it off, you might never get around to doing it.
While people respond best when they know who is contacting them, we understand that sometimes you may feel awkward, embarrassed or even frightened about doing this. So, if you really don’t want your partner to know who you are, you can:
In the end, it doesn’t really matter what method you use to contact your partner. The most important thing is TO LET YOUR PARTNERS KNOW THEY ARE AT RISK.
There are several reasons why your partner’s gonorrhoea test may come back negative: