Uncomplicated Urethritis gonococcal

What is Gonococcal Urethritis?

Gonococcal urethritis is an inflammation of the lining of the urethra caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is sometimes called “the clap” and is usually sexually transmitted. It is the most common type of urethritis. Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body.

Signs and Symptoms of Gonococcal Urethritis

Symptoms of urethritis caused by gonorrhea include:

  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Pain in the lower abdomen or lower back
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Discharge from the urethra
  • Frequent urge to urinate

In men, the discharge may start within five days after infection, but it may take up to 30 days before any symptoms appear.


Your doctor will examine you and inquire about your sexual history. They may order a laboratory test, such as a swab test, to collect cells from the urethral opening or urine test to detect the presence of gonorrhea bacteria. The two samples are tested in the laboratory for signs of gonorrhea. Additionally, your doctor may also order a urine test to check for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).


Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics. In general, the treatment is the same for both men and women and involves a single dose of an antibiotic such as cefixime or ceftriaxone. You may have to take additional antibiotics to treat any other STIs that you may have at the same time. Your doctor may also prescribe pain medications or numbing agents for any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing.


The surest way to prevent gonococcal urethritis, as well as other STIs, is to not have sex. If you do have sex, be sure to use condoms and practice safe sex. Also practice monogamy or limit the number of sexual partners that you have. Regularly get tested for STIs and practice safe sex to reduce your risk of contracting gonococcal urethritis or any other STI.