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Gonorrhoea testing
Gonorrhoea testing

Gonorrhoea Testing in London

Gonorrhoea is a common STI in the UK and the second most common bacterial STI infection after chlamydia. Gonorrhoea was commonly known as the clap. Men’s can get tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea at our clinic via a swab or urine PCR test.

About 10% of infected people are men, and half of the women infected do not show obvious symptoms. This often causes Gonorrhoea to go untreated, making testing vital for at-risk populations, even when symptoms aren’t present. 

Symptoms of Positive Gonorrhoea.

Women with Gonorrhoea experience the following symptoms:

  • Lower abdominal tenderness or pain
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Burning sensation or pain when urinating (dysuria)
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Unusual vaginal discharge (watery or thin consistency, yellow or green in colour)
  • Sudden heavier periods or menorrhagia

Men’s with Gonorrhoea experience these symptoms:

  • Testicular tenderness or pain
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating (dysuria)
  • Unusual penile discharge, green, yellow or white in colour
  • Inflammation (swelling or redness) of the foreskin

Gonorrhoea symptoms often occur 2 – 10 days after exposure, but in some cases, it takes about 30 days for symptoms to show. In some cases, symptoms are absent.

Untreated gonorrhoea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and may cause ectopic pregnancyies or even infertility. In men, gonorrhoea may affect the prostate, making urination difficult.

If you are experiencing no symptoms and want Gonorrhoea testing for peace of mind, you do not have to pay for a consultation. However, for those with symptoms, we strongly advise that you attend a medical professional for an examination to save yourself testing for the wrong pathogen.

Men’s with Gonorrhoea experience these symptoms
Causes of Gonorrhoea in Men and Women

Causes of Gonorrhoea in Men and Women

Gonorrhoea infection results from the bacteria called Gonococcus or Neisseria Gonorrhoea. The bacteria can grow in the fallopian tubes, uterus and cervix of women and the urethra in both men and women. Gonorrhoea infections can also occur in the anus, throat and mouth.

Gonorrhoea bacteria is usually found in penile discharge and vaginal fluid and easily transmitted from:

  • Sharing sex toys
  • Having unprotected, anal, oral or vaginal sex with an infected person
  • An infected mother to the child during childbirth,

Gonorrhoea bacteria cannot survive outside the body for a long time, so you cannot contract gonorrhoea through hugging, kissing, using a public toilet, or sharing baths, towels, and cups.

You can prevent Gonorrhoea by using condoms or other barrier protection during sexual intercourse.

Procedure for Gonorrhoea testing in London

  • Preparing for the test

If you have a urine test, ensure you do not go to the bathroom for at least two hours before the test

  • During the test

Your Gonorrhoea test may involve swab or urine testing

  • Type of sample

Gonorrhoea testing will require a swab or urine sample.

Procedure for Gonorrhoea testing in London

Gonorrhoea testing Results

Gonorrhoea testing is usually combined with a test for Chlamydia using a swab or urine PCR., the cost is the same.

Swab testing and assessing sensitivity take about 3 – 5 days. Our Gonorrhoea testing costs £95.

Gonorrhoea testing is available at GP London. You can call us on 020 7043 4317 to book an appointment for your test or visit our clinic today.

Is Gonorrhoea dangerous?

If left untreated, Gonorrhoea can cause painful infections in the testicles for men and cause infertility. In men with untreated gonorrhoea, the infection can affect the prostate and cause difficulty urinating.

In women, untreated gonorrhoea affects the reproductive organs, leading to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Later stages of gonorrhoea may cause ectopic pregnancies or infertility.

Gonorrhoea testing Results

How long will it take for gonorrhoea treatment to be effective?

If symptoms are present, they start to clear within the first few days of treatment. Full testicular or pelvic relief will take about two weeks. If you have an irregular menstrual cycle due to Gonorrhoea infection, it should clear by your next period.

How long will I wait after treatment to have sex?

You shouldn’t have sex until after your follow-up appointment with your doctor to confirm your infection has cleared. This prevents passing the infection to someone else. Inform your sexual partners to follow the same protocol to prevent a re-infection.

How long will it take for gonorrhoea treatment to be effective
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