What Men Should Know

Gonorrhoea & Chlamydia

Gonorrhoea and chlamydia are sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They are easily spread through anal sex without a condom and oral sex, and are common among gay and bi- sexual men. They are also known as drop.

You can get gonorrhoea or chlamydia in your throat (from sucking an infected cock), in your anus (from being penetrated by an infected top without a condom) or in your penis (from penetrating an infected bottom without a condom). You can also get them from a partner even if he doesn’t cum in your mouth or anus. Men who also have sex with women can get gonorrhoea or chlamydia from vaginal sex.

Having gonorrhoea or chlamydia makes it easier for you to get HIV, or to spread HIV to your partner if you are HIV positive.

What You Should Know
  • The germs that cause gonorrhoea and chlamydia can live in someone’s throat, their urethra (pee tube) or anus and are present in their cum if they are infected.
  • Not everyone who has gonorrhoea or chlamydia will show signs of the infection, especially if the infection is in their throat or in their anus. Some men will develop a sore throat or a sore or itchy anus, and sometimes there will be a discharge (fluid, pus) leaking out of their anus. They may also bleed after anal sex or after using the toilet.
  • Men with gonorrhoea or chlamydia in their penis often get a burning feeling when they pee or cum, or a discharge (fluid, pus) leaking from their penis. This discharge can sometimes be seen on their underpants even if they don’t feel it. The discharge can be white, yellow or greenish in colour.
What Can You Do?
  • Making sure that a top always wears a condom when he has anal sex with you can prevent you getting gonorrhoea or chlamydia in your anus. Don’t let a partner penetrate you without a condom (bareback sex) even if he pulls out before he cums – you can be infected even if he doesn’t cum inside you.
  • Avoid putting a penis in your mouth if it has a discharge. This can be difficult because the discharge could look like pre-ejaculate (pre-cum). If you get a sore throat that doesn’t go away speak to your doctor because you may have gonorrhoea or chlamydia in your throat.
  • Community clinics can treat you for gonorrhoea and chlamydia. If you get a burning feeling when you pee or ejaculate, or feel something is wrong with your anus, visit your nearest clinic as soon as possible.
  • Gonorrhoea and chlamydia are quite easy to treat but if you ignore them the infection can spread to your balls and prostate gland and can cause serious problems.