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Gonorrhea is one of the most common bacterial sexually transmitted diseases. It is spread through sexual contact from one infected party to another. An infected mother can also pass the infection to her baby during childbirth. Because it often displays no symptoms, many cases of gonorrhea go unnoticed and unreported. It is important to get a gonorrhea test if you engage in behaviors that put you at risk for infection.
An easy, confidential Gonorrhea test
At Request a Test, we have access to labs all over the country. We use the same testing facilities that are employed by many hospitals and physicians for their testing needs. All of our labs operate on a walk in basis so there is no need to schedule appointments. Ordering your gonorrhea test with us eliminates the need to go through your doctor or insurance. No one needs to know about your testing needs but you.
Types of Gonorrhea tests
Our standard genital gonorrhea test is conducted with a urine sample. This test typically sees results in 1-3 business days. This test is also available in a package with our genital chlamydia test or our Recent Exposure Fundamental package which includes tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. For pricing and more information about these and other available tests in our STD category, please go to www.requestatest.com/sexually-transmitted-diseases-testing
Symptoms of Gonorrhea
In women, symptoms of gonorrhea can include vaginal discharge, a painful or burning sensation during urination, and bleeding between menstrual cycles. In men, symptoms can include penile discharge and painful or swollen testicles. It is important to note that not all of those infected will display the same or any symptoms. The absence of symptoms is not a reason to avoid getting a gonorrhea test.
Who should get a Gonorrhea test?
Gonorrhea is highly contagious and easily spread through sexual contact of the genital area, anus, or throat. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for gonorrhea infection. The risk is higher for those who engage in unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners. The use of condoms or other protective devices lessens but does not eliminate the risk of gonorrhea infections.
Why get a Gonorrhea test?
Gonorrhea often causes no obvious symptoms. If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause serious long term health and reproductive problems. In women, gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease. It can cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes and may lead to infertility or ectopic pregnancy. In men, gonorrhea can cause epididymitis which can lead to sterility if left untreated. It can also affect the prostate and cause urethral scarring. It is possible for gonorrhea to spread to the blood or joints and develop into a life-threatening condition. Those infected with gonorrhea are at increased risk of contracting HIV.
When to get a Gonorrhea test
A genital gonorrhea test is typically most effective at three weeks or more after initial contact. Anyone who learns that a former or current sexual partner has been diagnosed with gonorrhea should seek testing of their own. All pregnant women should receive a gonorrhea test as the infection can be spread during birth leading to serious and sometimes fatal complications for the infant. Gonorrhea can cause damage to the reproductive systems in both men and women. Anyone experiencing fertility issues are advised to seek gonorrhea testing.
Where can I get a Gonorrhea test?
Request a Test contracts with 2 of the largest labs in the United States to provide you with 1000s of lab collection centers nationwide. When you order your gonorrhea test with us, we will find the lab location that is most convenient for you. Once your order is complete, you can go to the lab any time during their business hours. To find the lab location nearest to you or to view a complete list of available lab locations, please go to http://requestatest.com/testinglocations.
Gonorrhea test preparations
Refrain from urinating 1-2 hours before collection. Refrain from washing the genital area 1-2 hours before collection. For women, it is preferable that the collection not be taken during menstruation.
Gonorrhea test procedure
The genital gonorrhea test requires a urine specimen. The lab attendant will give you a collection cup and direct you to a room with a toilet. Begin urinating directly into the collection cup. Collect 20-30 milliliters in the cup and allow the rest of the urine to go into the toilet. It is important not fill the cup more than 20-30 milliliters as this may dilute the specimen and reduce the accuracy of the test.
Gonorrhea test accuracy
At Request a Test we use only nationally accredited labs with highly trained personnel and state of the art equipment to ensure the highest possible accuracy in your gonorrhea test results.
Gonorrhea test results
The gonorrhea test typically sees results in 1-3 business days. You will be notified by e-mail as soon as your results are available. You can access your results online or call to speak to a representative. Results can be sent by fax or mail by special request.
Gonorrhea is typically treated with antibiotics. These treatments usually eliminate the gonorrhea infection but will not undo any permanent damage already done to the body. A gonorrhea test can help ensure early detection and diagnosis. It is always advisable to retest in order to insure that treatment was successful.