We use a small urine sample to test for gonorrhea. Our test is the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), which is the recommended method for gonorrhea testing. The test looks for the presence of the bacteria that causes gonorrhea, Neisseria gonorrhoeae. If the bacteria is present, then you have an active gonorrhea infection.
All of our STD tests require only a small sample of urine or blood. There is never any uncomfortable swabbing or undressing.
Our NAAT gonorrhea test is a urine test. We only need a small amount of urine to test for gonorrhea.
You should not urinate for at least one hour prior to arriving at the testing center. No other preparation is needed.
You will sign in, and a lab technician will take you to the back. You will be asked to go to the bathroom and produce a urine sample. The sample should be “first catch,” meaning the first 20 - 30 mL of urine. Women should not clean their labia before producing a urine sample.
If you’re experiencing symptoms, get tested immediately! Gonorrhea may show up on tests as soon as 2 – 6 days after exposure. However, everyone is different, and it’s common to not experience symptoms, so it is highly recommended to test after every potential exposure. To ensure more accurate results, our doctors recommend waiting 2 weeks after potential exposure to get tested.
Our gonorrhea results will indicate that you are either “positive” or “negative” for the bacteria. If you receive results that say “positive” or “detected,” that means you have an active gonorrhea infection. If the results say “negative” or “not detected,” that means that the bacteria was not found in your urine and therefore you do not have an active gonorrhea infection.
Gonorrhea is curable and can be treated with antibiotics. If you test positive, our doctors can prescribe antibiotics after a phone consultation. Be sure to finish the entire round of antibiotics and abstain from any sexual activity for at least one week after finishing the antibiotics. It is also recommended to get retested after the prescribed treatment is complete to ensure that the infection no longer remains.
Keep in mind that it is possible to become reinfected with gonorrhea after receiving treatment.
Yes, once you are sexually active, you need to get tested for gonorrhea. If you’re experiencing symptoms, get tested now! If you’re worried but not experiencing symptoms, wait 2 weeks after potential exposure. Untreated gonorrhea can cause severe and permanent health problems.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are “co-existing infections,” meaning that having one infection puts you at high risk of having the other. We recommend that you check out our chlamydia and gonorrhea test panel.
If you haven’t been tested for other STDs, we recommend taking our all-inclusive 10 Test Panel, to ensure you’re free of the most common STDs.
If you have any questions about the test, please call our Care Advisors at 1-800-456-2323.
Medically Reviewed by J. Frank Martin JR., MD on June 18, 2019
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