Gonorrhoea is caused by bacteria that can be passed from one person to another duringsexual intercourse. Neisseria bacterium is a small, round cell. It can only survive in moist places, such as tissues lining the tubes in the productive systems of a man and a woman.
- If gonorrhoea bacteria are living in a woman’s vagina or a man’s urethra, the infection can be passed during sexual intercourse.
- The first symptoms occurs 2-7 days after infection.
- Man: the bacteria reproduce inside the urethra ---> unpleasant discharge and pain when urinating.
- Woman: the bacteria reproduce mostly in the cervix, although they can also do so in the vagina ---> many woman do not notice discharge or suffer a pain as men do.
- Most men with gonorrhoea know that they have it, many women are unaware that they have the infection.