Symptoms

The reason why chlamydia testing are so important is that most men and women show no symptoms at all.

Gonorrhoea has no symptoms in around 50% of women and 10% of men.

So even if you don’t have any of the symptoms below, it is still best to take the simple test, just so you can be sure that you don’t have chlamydia or gonorrhoea. 

Because it is often without symptoms, you cannot tell if a partner may have it so protect yourself and them, and use a condom.

If you do have any of the symptoms below, visit your local GUM (Genito-urinary medicine click here for your nearest location) who will help diagnose the problem. You can also get treatment and advice for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, as well as other STIs and HIV.

In women

  • unusual vaginal discharge
  • pain and/or burning when peeing
  • pain during and/or after sex
  • bleeding after sex or between periods
  • lower abdominal pain (pain in the lower belly)
  • a symptom of gonorrhoea may also be a frequent need to go to the toilet

In men

  • a discharge from the tip of the penis
  • pain and/or burning when weeing
  • irritation at the tip of the penis
  • painful swelling of the testicles
  • a symptom of gonorrhoea may also be a frequent need to go to the toilet