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Get tested – there's a gonooutbreak

Faced with a six-year high in gonorrhoea infections attributed to sex between men, the NSW gay men’s health team have a simple message for Same Same readers.

“The more cocks you suck, the more tests you need.”

“Gonorrhoea is on the rise across NSW with a concentration of cases in inner Sydney, and rises are also occurring nationally and in gay communities throughout the world,” explains Geoff Honnor, ACON’s Director of HIV/Sexual Health.

Rates of new cases of the infection have been climbing steeply for some time. It’s easy to catch and easy to treat.

“It’s a bacterial infection, easily passed from dick to mouth or arse and vice versa,” says Honnor. “Condoms provide the most effective protection against gonorrhoea during anal sex, adding weight to the overarching case for using condoms for all episodes of anal sex, with casual partners of unknown HIV status. It’s also relevant that the presence of STIs can increase the risk of HIV transmission.”

The best known symptoms are associated with urethral (dick) infection – the feeling of burning while pissing and yellowish discharge from the dick. These appear around 2-10 days after exposure, however as with most STIs, gonorrhoea can also have minimal or no symptoms at all, especially in the case of throat or arse infection.

So regular testing is essential. “Every sexually active gay guy should be testing for HIV and STIs at least once a year and more frequently, if he’s been busy,” reminds Honnor.

Sexual Health specialist physician Dr Chris Bourne says gonorrhoea testing and treatment is straightforward.

“Infection is detected with throat and arse swabs, plus a dick swab if you have symptoms there,” Dr Bourne said. “Treatment is usually one shot of antibiotics.”

“There’s certainly growing international concern about antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhoea, but treatment in Australia remains effective for now.

Honnor adds: “Finding and treating gonorrhoea before it’s transmitted to other men will reduce the spread in the community – and we can reduce the spread.”

STIGMA and ACON urge all sexually active gay men in NSW to see their GP or visit a sexual health clinic to be tested for gonorrhoea and other STIs and HIV, as soon as possible. Don’t wait for symptoms. Testing and treatment is quick and simple. Act now.

Information on nearest testing locations can be found by calling the Sexual Health Information Line on 1800 451 624 or via the Drama Down Under website here.

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Beau said on the 4th Oct, 2012

Br/rought to you by Pfizer.


NATEE said on the 8th Oct, 2012

I know I might sound old fashion although honestly, just have one sexual partner and stick to him/her. Why continuously sleep around. Find a partner, get along and have great sex. You only need one. Think about it...... no need to worry about STD's, STI's. One is more then enough. :-P


DavoJimbo said on the 9th Oct, 2012

why is that banner hi-jacking my screen and will not go away....get rid of it...please


crazzymikey said on the 9th Oct, 2012

althoguh I agree any suggestions on finding a guy? :confused:


wysi said on the 9th Oct, 2012

stop intimidating them :eek:


crazzymikey said on the 9th Oct, 2012

are you intimidated by me


wysi said on the 9th Oct, 2012

never mind my dear. ;)


crazzymikey said on the 9th Oct, 2012

don't you get sick of this whole no identity crap that you play


wysi said on the 9th Oct, 2012

never mind my dear ;)


MyBoyFreindIsGay said on the 11th Oct, 2012

This is so 70's, have they not removed this threat by now?


Beau said on the 11th Oct, 2012

Chlamydea. Fancy name. Piss hurts. Not that I have it.


Beau said on the 11th Oct, 2012

Plus, I never wrote the headline.


Light-Bearer said on the 12th Oct, 2012

Once I walked past a Eurythmics C.D and got gono really bad


dougster said on the 13th Oct, 2012

u smokin' 2 much weed man. lol.

one aus man

one aus man said on the 13th Oct, 2012

so when u piss and it hurt, its likely gono? oh no.


TheOldie said on the 13th Oct, 2012

was the CD in a SOPV :D


wysi said on the 14th Oct, 2012

when you practice edging and and forget to eventually come, it will hurt when you piss :eek:


mickel_23 said on the 16th Oct, 2012

Would it really be too much effort to use 'penis' instead of 'dick' and 'anus' instead of 'arse'? This news is important and using lesser, or more vulgar terms, cheapens the whole feel of this message.


wysi said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Sex On Premises Venue

examples include:


MrAsh said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Sex On Premises Venue

examples include:

And wysi's home! :p


EggsBenedict said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Not having a go at you here, mate but I think you'll find that in most tools used in trying to educate ppl they find it is far more effective to speak in the "language" that their target audience would use.

Now you may well circulate in company where terms like "dick" and "arse" are considered vulgar and that's understandable. I think you'll find however that the majority of people this article is trying to target probably use these terms in their day-to-day lexicon.

Brolga Blue

Brolga Blue said on the 19th Oct, 2012

Had a test - eeeeeeezy, just had to pee in a jar. They tested for everything else while I was in as well. Glad I had it done.


badamj2000 said on the 4th Nov, 2012

whats Gonno? Is it fashionable?