Auckland Sexual Health Service
Public Service, Sexual Health
Gonorrhoea is caused by a bacterial infection of the mucous membranes (linings) of the male urethra, female cervix and sometimes the eye, rectum or throat.
Gonorrhoea is transmitted by having vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has the infection.
An infected mother can pass the infection on to her baby at birth.
Men with urethral infection may experience urethral discharge, urethral irritation, or pain on urinating.
Infection in the rectum or throat does not usually cause symptoms.