Testing for Gonorrhea
Our advanced CLIA-certified testing centers make use of Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) test to detect the presence of the disease-causing bacterium, Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The test is highly accurate, and only requires a small quantity of urine sample. Therefore, there is no uncomfortable swabbing or undressing.
Gonorrhea Test FAQs
Does this test use a urine sample or a blood sample?
Our doctors use the NAA test, which is basically a urine test.
Are there any preparations required for the test?
Since out lab technicians will be taking a small quantity of urine sample from you, you are required to not urinate for at least an hour before arriving at the testing center.
When is the ideal time to take the gonorrhea test?
Everybody has a different immune system, which reacts quite differently to the presence of Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria. There is no fixed incubation period for everybody. Nevertheless, it is generally recommended that people wait at least 2-6 days after the initial exposure, in order to take the gonorrhea test. By this time, the bacteria will be fully developed, and makes it much easier to detect it. If you get treated for gonorrhea, then a re-testing is recommended after two weeks of treatment, to confirm that you have been completely cured.
What do the test results mean?
Ideally, a negative result means that there were no gonorrhea bacteria detected in your urine, which should mean that you have not caught the infection. But, there is a high probability that you got yourself tested before the bacteria had enough time to spread. Therefore, a testing is suggested between 2-6 days after the initial exposure. A positive result, on the other hand, means that you have been infected with gonorrhea.
Is gonorrhea curable?
Yes, gonorrhea is completely curable with antibiotics. Once you get yourself treated, it is recommended that you re-test yourself after two weeks of completion of the treatment to confirm that you have been completely cured of the bacteria.
Who should get tested for gonorrhea?
Anyone who is sexually active, is at the risk of contracting gonorrhea. Symptoms of gonorrhea often include penile discharge, vaginal discharges, burning sensation during urination, arthritis-like pain, fever, and many others. If you notice any of these symptoms, then you should get yourself and your partner tested as soon as possible.
When Should I get tested for Gonorrhea?
The best period for getting tested for gonorrhea is 2-6 days post the initial exposure. If your test results turn out positive, then you undergo treatment for it. Then, a follow-up test should be taken after 2 weeks of the treatment to ascertain that the bacteria is completely out of the system.
If you are sexually active, and it has been a year since you last tested yourself for all major STDs like chlamydia, herpes-1 or herpes-2, hepatitis A, B, and C, HIV-1, HIV-2, and syphilis, then our doctors recommend that you take our 10-Test Panel testing to make sure that you have not been infected with any type of STDs.
What happens if my gonorrhea test returns positive result?
If your gonorrhea test returns positive result, then you are entitled to a free consultation from us. You can schedule this telephonic consultation with our doctors at a time convenient to you. Our doctor will help you with your queries regarding gonorrhea, prescribe treatment, or refer you to a specialist at their sole discretion.