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About Our Gonorrhea, Urine Test
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
This test requires a urine sample. You will be asked to urinate in a specimen cup at your selected lab, and you should receive results within 1-2 business days.
Fasting is not required, however, if you are on any type of antibiotics, check with your healthcare provider to see if what you have been prescribed is known to affect test results. Additionally, vaginal creams or douching within 24 hours prior to testing could affect the results.
The recommended minimum window period for urine testing is at least 2-6 days after suspected exposure to gonorrhea.
What is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease or STD that is capable of infecting both men and women. This infection is considered common and very contagious. Areas of the body that can be infected include the throat, genitals or rectum.
The bacterium that causes gonorrhea is called Bacterium Neisseria Gonorrhea.
Gonorrhea is casually referred to as the “clap” or the “drip.”
How is Gonorrhea Spread?
Gonorrhea is transferred through contact with infected bodily fluids.
It’s is mainly spread through oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse. Additionally, a pregnant mother that has been infected can sometimes transfer gonorrhea to her baby during childbirth.
What are Common Gonorrhea Symptoms?
- Vaginal discharge colored green, yellow, or white
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Painful or burning urination
- Pain in the pelvic area or lower abdomen
- Swelling of the vulva
- Spotting between periods or after intercourse
- Pain or burning in the throat
- Painful or swollen testicles
- Swollen glands in the throat
- Painful bowel movements
Many gonorrhea symptoms and chlamydia symptoms overlap. This is important to note because these two infections often occur at the same time. We recommend that if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you test for both gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Most women and some men will exhibit no symptoms of gonorrhea at all. It’s important to be tested regularly and to be aware of your partner’s status.
Is There a Cure for Gonorrhea?
Yes, once gonorrhea is diagnosed, you are eligible to be prescribed treatment. Medication will halt the infection, however, it will not undo any permanent damage caused (such as urethral scarring).
What Happens if Gonorrhea is Left Untreated?
If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, long-term pelvic/abdominal pain or pelvic inflammation, urethral scarring, and epididymitis (a condition which leads to long-term testicular pain).
Untreated gonorrhea may also increase your chances of getting or giving HIV – the virus that causes AIDS.
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