Gonorrhea Test

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease, and it is one that can cause a variety of health problems. One of the most common symptoms of Gonorrhea is pain while urinating. However, many people mistake this for a simple UTI.
Other symptoms can include itching or bleeding around the penis or vagina, bleeding after intercourse, or discharge that is colored and foul smelling from the penis or vagina. Women have a higher risk than men of contracting the Gonorrhea infection.
Testing
A Gonorrhea test can be conducted with either body fluid or with a urine sample. For accurate testing, don’t urinate two hours before the urine is collected. For the DNA sample, avoid using vaginal creams or douche for 24 hours before the sample is taken.
This STD is the result of harmful bacteria called Neisseria Gonorrhea. This can result in an infection in the body. Gonorrhea can be spread during sexual activity. Some individuals ask their doctor for a test after they feel different or notice sores.
However, a person may have Gonorrhea and not even know it. They may have no symptoms but it is important to be tested if you believe that you may have had sexual activity with someone that has tested positive.
A Gonorrhea culture is conducted with the sample that is taken. The same can be taken from the area that is infected such as the urethra (males), cervix (females), eye, rectum, or the throat. Since females have a higher risk, a Gonorrhea test is often conducted during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Treatment
If you think you may have this STD, it is important to contact your doctor for a Gonorrhea test. Avoid unprotected sex with anyone while you are getting your test completed and your results .If you test positive, avoid sexual contact for at least 7 days after the start of the treatment. It is important to notify anyone you have had sexual activity with too so that they can also obtain treatment. Anyone you have had sexual activity within the past 60 days should be tested.
Your doctor will likely encourage you to also be tested for AIDS/HIV if you have a Gonorrhea test that is positive.  Antibiotics need to be taken to successfully treat Gonorrhea. The length of time for the treatment depends on the severity of the infection. The sooner it is treated, the better the patient will respond to the medication.
It is important to use the entire prescription of the antibiotics. Otherwise, the bacteria won’t be successfully killed. It will linger and the infection will get worse again. Then another round of antibiotics will need to be started. The body can build up a resistance to antibiotics over time so that can make it harder to completely kill the bacteria. It is important not to have intercourse with anyone who could have Gonorrhea as you go through treatment or the infection can start all over again. You should follow up with your doctor after the antibiotics are all taken to make sure the concern is completely healed up.

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