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1

What is gonorrhoea?

A sexually transmitted infection caused the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoea

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What type of bacteria is Neisseria gonorrhoea?

A gram -ve diplococcus

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What does Neisseria gonorrhoea infect?

The mucous membranes of the urethra, endocervix, rectum, pharynx and conjunctiva

4

What parts of the body can be affected by gonorrhoea?

- Genitals
- Mouth
- Rectum

5

How does gonorrhoea spread?

By direct inoculation of infected secretions from one mucous membrane to another

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When can gonorrhoea be transmitted?

Usually sexually but can occur perinatally

7

What is the incubation period of gonorrhoea?

2-5 days but can be up to 10

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How many cases of gonorrhoea were diagnosed in England in 2017?

44,000

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Which group of people have a disproportionate increase in gonorrhoea cases?

MSM

10

What is thought to have caused the increase in cases of gonorrhoea?

- More young men coming forward for testing
- Increasing unsafe sex

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Where is gonorrhoea more common?

URban areas

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What are the risk factors for gonorrhoea?

- Young age
- History of previous STI
- Co-existent STI
- New or multiple sexual partners
- Recent sexual activity abroad
- Certain sexual activities
- Inconsistent condom use
- History of drug use or commercial sex work

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What sexual activities are particularly risky for gonorrhoea transmission?

- Anal intercourse
- Frequent insertive oral sex

14

Which sex is gonorrhoea more commonly symptomatic in?

Men (90-95%)

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What percentage of women with gonorrhoea are symptomatic?

50%

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What do symptoms of gonorrhoea depend on?

The site of infection

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What are the symptoms of urethral gonorrhoea infection in men?

- Discharge
- Dysuria
- Asymptomatic in <10% of cases

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What are the symptoms of rectal gonorrhoea infection in men?

- Usually asymptomatic
- Anal discharge
- Perianal/anal pain
- Pruritis
- Bleeding

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How does pharyngeal gonorrhoea infection usually present in men and women?

Usually asymptomatic

20

How does endocervical gonorrhoea infection present?

- Up to 50% asymptomatic
- Increased or altered vaginal discharge (up to 50% of cases)
- Lower abdominal pain
- Intermenstrual bleeding or menorrhagia

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What are the symptoms of urethral gonorrhoea infection in women?

- Dysuria without frequency

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How does rectal gonorrhoea infection present in women?

Usually asymptomatic

23

What are the differentials for gonorrhoea?

- Chlamydia
- Thrichomonas
- Candidiasis
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Urinary tract infection

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How was gonorrhoea traditionally investigated?

Culture for diagnosis and sensitivity testing

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What is overtaking culture as the main diagnostic test for gonorrhoea?

NAAT (nucleic acid amplification testing)

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When is culture still necessary?

- In positive NAAT tests to ensure resistant strains are identified
- Signs and symptoms consistent with gonorrhoea

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How can samples for gonorrhoea NAAT be taken?

- Urethral/endocervical swabs
- First pass urine

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When should a patient be referred to a GUM clinic for gonorrhoea?

If they have symptoms or is at high risk or has tested positive

29

What are the management aspects in gonorrhoea?

- Give advice
- Partner notification
- Drug treatment

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What advice should be given to patients with gonorrhoea?

- Explain condition, implications for patient and partner(s)
- Advice on safer sex
- Avoid sex until treatment completed in patient and partner(s)