Gonorrhea Testing - Doctor Recommended Information
Gonorrhea Test Information
Tell me about gonorrhea testing.
Our doctors recommend the NAAT test, which stands for "nucleic acid amplification test," to test for gonorrhea. It's the most accurate Gonorrhea Test on the market today. This FDA-approved test looks for the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria in urine. Unlike culture tests, there's no need to get undressed or swabbed.
Is this a blood test or a urine test?
The Gonorrhea Test is a urine test. When you get to the lab, you'll simply urinate into a cup. There's no need to get undressed or have any uncomfortable swabbing.
Do you offer throat and anal swabbing?
We currently do not offer throat and anal swabbing. We recommend you talk to your local provider about annual swab tests, as well as hepatitis and HPV vaccinations and anal pap smears. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends annual throat and/or anal swabs if you're a gay or bisexual man, or you're transgender who practices oral or anal receptive sex.
Will I need to fast or prepare for the test?
You won't need to fast.
When is the right time to get a Gonorrhea Test?
Our doctors recommend testing 2 weeks after exposure, then retesting 6 to 12 weeks later to confirm your status. That means, if you think you may have gotten gonorrhea from a partner, wait a week and a half before getting tested. If you have been treated for gonorrhea, you should re-test again in 3 months to rule out re-infection. Due to new research, some experts now recommend testing to confirm cure 3 weeks after treatment. This recommendation applies to men who have sex with men, who are more likely to contract a resistant strain of gonorrhea. (A resistant strain is one that is more difficult to cure with the usual antibiotics.)
If you haven't been tested for other STDs like HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, chlamydia or herpes in the last 12 months, our doctors recommend a complete screening. We offer a full 8-test panel that screens for 8 of the most common STDs.
What will the results tell me?
Gonorrhea Test results are either positive or negative. Positive means the test found gonorrhea. Negative means the test did not find any signs of gonorrhea. It's possible to get tested too early after being exposed to gonorrhea. Our doctors recommend testing 2 weeks after exposure, then retesting 6 to 12 weeks later to confirm your status.
Is gonorrhea curable?
Yes, gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics. Our physicians will decide which treatment option is best for you and, if appropriate, will electronically send a prescription to your local pharmacy.
Who should be tested for gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea affects both men and women. With more than 700,000 new infections a year, gonorrhea spreads easily. Plus, it's common to have gonorrhea without having any symptoms. The only way to know is to get tested. Consider gonorrhea testing as part of routine STD screening, especially if you have had unprotected sex with someone whose STD status you do not know or are concerned about.
- If you've Never been tested...
- If you've had more than 1 partner...
- If you've had unprotected sex since your last test...
- If you are only concerned about a recent sexual encounter...
- If you want to get tested for a new infection.
Not all STDs can be detected within the same timeframe. Our doctors recommend testing again in 6 weeks to ensure the most accurate results.
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