Gonorrhoea symptoms in men can vary from penile discharge, to pain when passing urine, pus from the penis, white or yellowish discharge, watery discharge or at worse no symptoms at all. These symptoms described occur after sexual exposure through penetrative intercourse.
If one has had receptive or penetrative anal sex, or even receptive or penetrative oral sex, with or without condom usage, Gonorrhoea is still able to spread. Throat Gonorrhoea symptoms may include a sore throat, swollen tonsils, swollen glands around the neck. However more than 90% of patients with throat gonorrhoea are asymptomatic. That is 9 in 10 patients!
Symptoms of gonorrhoea in the anus include pain when passing stool, discharge from the anus, anal itching and sores. Again, rectal gonorrhoea or gonorrhoea in the anus, back passage can also be asymptomatic.
If left untreated infection of the testes, spermatic ducts may occur leading to infertility. Infections of the testes or spermatic ducts can result in pain in the scrotum in the testes as well or even pain during ejaculation. If left further untreated, this infection can spread further to the rest of the bloodstream and cause a blood infection, joint and tendon infections and even skin inflammation. During this disseminated gonococcal infection phase, it is also life threatening.
Furthermore untreated gonorrhoea can increase a person’s risk of acquiring and or transmitting the HIV virus.