We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
Gonorrhoea is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections worldwide. Detection and treatment of this disease is carried out by an expert medical team at the STI Unit of the Drassanes Vall d'Hebron Centre for International Health and Infectious Diseases and the HIV-STI Unit at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital.
Gonorrhoea is a curable infection caused by a bacteria that is transmitted from person to person via sexual contact, whether this involves the genitals, anus, or mouth. Depending on the sexual practices engaged in, the infection can also be located in the anus and the throat.
In many cases, gonorrhoea causes no symptoms.
In men, it produces a burning sensation and discharge from the urethra a few days after the infection is transmitted; it can also lead to complications and affect the testicles.
In women it can cause:
In women, gonorrhoea can lead to complications and affect the fallopian tubes and the pelvis area, possibly causing infertility. Other complications are uncommon.
A newborn baby can also acquire the infection if a pregnant woman has gonorrhoea and does not receive the proper prophylaxis. To avoid this, a preventative treatment is applied at the time of the birth.
Gonorrhoea affects people who have unprotected sex (without a condom) with someone who has this sexually transmitted disease.
To make a diagnosis, samples of the genital secretions must be collected using a swab and sent to a lab to carry out tests that can confirm the infection. To diagnose the infection in the throat or anus, samples must be taken from these areas.
The typical treatment consists of administering a single dose of an antibiotic derived from penicillin via a gluteal injection, if there are no allergies or other contraindications.
Sexual partners should also be evaluated and treated as needed, even if they do not have any symptoms.
To prevent gonorrhoea, you must use a condom when you have sexual relations with someone who is not a stable, healthy partner.
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