The use of a condom is essential to protect yourself and your partners against STDs. If you have any concerns, you should have an STD screening test. In the event of an infection, make sure you follow the correct treatment and inform your sexual partners.

What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?

Symptoms may not appear until 3 to 14 days after sexual relations with an infected person:

  • a burning sensation when urinating
  • greenish yellow discharge from the vagina, the penis or the anus
  • pain in the vagina, at the tip of the glans penis, in the lower abdomen
  • fever.

Infected people who do not develop any symptoms (30% of cases) can still transmit the infection to their sexual partners.

Without treatment, an infected person can remain contagious for a period of 6 months to over 1 year.

Sciensano publishes two reports each year documenting the evolution of STDs in Belgium. The reports are based on data-collection networks.   

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