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Please Note: that some of the language in this article is sexually explicit.
Gonorrhoea is one of the STI groups of diseases and is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoea. It is also known as the “clap” and is known to infect the genitals throat and rectum. It is the second to Chlamydia in recorded STI’s in UK. Men seem to come off worst with this disease with over 70% of them having symptoms while only 50% of women are aware of any. There were 19,495 infections of gonorrhoea diagnosed in GUM clinics in 2005.
Women who do not have distinctive symptoms or seek treatment may go on to develop PID Pelvic Inflammatory Disease which is the when the infection has spread causing localised inflammation and swelling along the reproductive tubes connecting to the womb. This can lead to fertility problems in the future, with the possible added complication of having an ectopic pregnancy (this is where the developing foetus is growing in the tube not the womb and may rupture).
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