Gonorrhoea Testing in London
Gonorrhoea is a common sexually transmitted disease that occurs due to the bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It affects both men and women and can cause infections in the throat, genitals and rectum. The bacteria thrives in warm and moist areas of the body including the:
- Female reproductive tract such as cervix, fallopian tubes and uterus.
Symptoms of Gonorrhoea in Men and Women:
- Greater frequency or urgency of urination.
- Pus-like discharge from the penis
- Redness or swelling at the tip of penis.
- Pain in the testicles.
- Persistent sore throat.
- Watery or creamy discharge from the vagina.
- Burning sensation at the time of urination.
- Spotting or heavy periods.
- Pain during intercourse.
- Sharp pain in the lower abdomen.
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How Gonorrhoea is spread:
Gonorrhoea is usually spread through oral, anal or vaginal sex with somebody who is themselves infected with gonorrhoea. People who have sex with more than one partner or do not use a condom during intercourse are at higher risk of developing this infection. Pregnant woman with gonorrhoea can give the infection to their baby at the point of childbirth.
The best ways to stay protected are monogamy, abstinence and use of condoms properly.
What to do if you are suffering from Gonorrhoea:
If you have Gonorrhoea, it is advised to avoid any sexual contact until treatment is finished and you have been re-tested to demonstrate that the infection has been cleared. Talk to your doctor immediately and be prepared to:
- Discuss the symptoms
- Provide a full sexual history
- Give a urine sample or a have a swab taken
Get tested for Gonorrhoea:
At STD Check clinic in London, we use the industry gold standard Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing method. When you undergo testing, you will be asked to provide a urine sample, or a swab will be taken. This sample will then go to the laboratory to be tested for the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium. Results will be available within 2 days of the lab receiving the sample, and if an infection is confirmed, you will be contacted to re-attend the clinic for a course of antibiotics to treat the infection.