Early treatment is prevention
Half of women infected with gonorrhoea, and around 10% of men, will not experience any symptoms. It is passed on through unprotected sexual contact and lead to serious conditions if it is not diagnosed and treated.
Early diagnosis of gonorrhoea can reduce the risk of developing complications such as PID or other infections. Treatment will be more successful the earlier the infection is diagnosed.
Should I get tested?
It is important to get tested if you suspect an STI, if you experience symptoms, if you have been exposed to a potential infection through unprotected sex, or if your partner has been given a positive diagnosis.
Please note that you will need to hold your urine for 2 hours before your appointment, in order to provide the best sample for testing.During the test
Testing methods are different for men and women. For women, the doctor will take a swab of the cervix or vagina using a cotton bud; in some cases, the urethra may also be swabbed. For men, a urine test is the most accurate way of detecting gonorrhoea, though a swab may also be taken if you are experiencing any discharge from the penis.
At the end of the consultation you will also discuss possibilities how to receive your results. The most popular option is a call from the doctor, so you can discuss the results and agree on any treatment if necessary.
Alternatively we can email you or if you don’t want to be contacted you can call us when it will be convenient to you.
You do not have to be showing symptoms in order to get tested. It is always a good idea to have a sexual health screening if you have been having unprotected sex.
The doctor may advise you to get tested for gonorrhoea specifically if you are showing symptoms such as yellow or bloody discharge (men or women), postcoital bleeding, or pain with urination. An infection may also be present without any symptoms showing up.
Even if you do not have symptoms, gonorrhoea can lead to serious complications if left untreated. In women, it can damage the reproductive system and cause infertility.
In men, scarring of the urethra or epididymitis can occur. It is also important that you clear any existing infection so that you do not unknowingly pass it on to a partner.
The incubation period of gonorrhoea will be slightly different depending on the individual. As a rule it is best to wait two weeks after you have had unprotected sex.
If you do test positive, and undergo a round of treatment, you will be advised to come back for re-testing to make sure that your body has completely cleared the infection.