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What is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. This bacterium can be transmitted through oral, vaginal or anal sex. Gonorrhea infects the mucous membranes of the reproductive system, including the cervix, fallopian tubes, and the uterus in women and the urethra in women and men. It also infects the mucous membranes found in the mouth, throat, eyes and anus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 820,000 are infected with gonorrhea annually.

Are there symptoms of gonorrhea?
For men and most women, gonorrhea can be silent. So you can have it and not know it. Gonorrhea symptoms in men can show up a few days after being infected. Symptoms of gonorrhea in men can be unusual discharge from the penis, itching, and painful urination. Symptoms of gonorrhea in women can often be more mild. Most women who are infected with gonorrhea have no symptoms. Gonorrhea symptoms in women can include painful urination, fever, unusual vaginal discharge, bleeding between periods, vomiting, and belly pain.

How do you get gonorrhea?
Vagina, anal, and oral sex. Gonorrhea can be passed along even if the penis or tongue doesn’t fully enter the vagina or anus. So, how can it be prevented? Well, while unpopular, not having sex at all is the only way to be 100% safe from STDs. If you are sexually active, condom use every time for oral, vaginal, and anal sex is your best bet for staying healthy.

How gonorrhea testing works
To test for gonorrhea, uses a FDA-approved urine test called the Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) test. The NAA test is recommended by CDC and is included in our 10-Test Panel, Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Test Panel and in the individual gonorrhea testing package. Our CLIA-certified testing centers will test your urine for the N. gonorrhoeae bacteria.

What should I know about the Gonorrhea Test?
This urine test is the current standard, the most accurate, and widely used for detecting gonorrhea bacteria. Because this DNA-based test is so sensitive, it’s highly unlikely to have false-positive results. After your results are ready, we will put you in touch with a physician on the phone… at no extra cost. Depending on your situation, he or she will advise you on next steps and, if necessary, prescribe treatment.

Is there a cure for gonorrhea?
Yes. If you find out you have gonorrhea, there is an easy treatment for it. Your health care provider can prescribe antibiotics to kill the bacteria. It’s important to know that both you and your partner must be treated for gonorrhea before you can have sexual contact again. t’s the best way to avoid getting reinfected. And, as always, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.

What if I don’t get treated for gonorrhea?
Not getting treated for gonorrhea might result in serious complications. Untreated gonorrhea makes you susceptible to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and other STDs. Additionally, in men untreated gonorrhea might result in painful infection of the testicles, inflammation of the prostrate, infertility, and urethral scarring. In women, untreated gonorrhea might result in pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to dangerous ectopic (tubal) pregnancy and infertility.