Type: Sexually transmitted bacterial infection
Fun fact: 7% of new STI diagnoses in 2013 were because of gonorrhoea. The only infection more common was chlamydia (which made up a whopping great 47%). STIs really like company- if you’re found to have gonorrhoea, it’s very likely that you also have chlamydia.
Common misconceptions: You won’t get gonorrhoea if you only do hand stuff? WRONG. Just because you’re not partaking in penetrative sex doesn’t mean you’re safe from STIs.
How it spreads: Most commonly neisseria gonorrhoeae is spread through sexual contact, but can also be spread during child birth. This bacteria likes to hop across surfaces when they come into contact. It can live not only in the urethra, rectum and cervix, but also the throat and eyes.