gonorrhea testing

Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and affects areas such as the throat, urethra or rectum. It is contracted during anal, oral, or vaginal intercourse, and affects both men and women

The signs and symptoms for men include: painful urination, pus-like discharge from the penis, and pain/swelling in the testicles

For women, painful urination, excessive vaginal discharge, and abdominal pain are common

For anal infections, anal pain, discharge and bleeding are common

However, in most cases, gonorrhea may show no symptoms at all

If you are experiencing the mentioned symptoms, go see a doctor. Diagnosis is done through a urine PCR test or swabbing of the affected area (throat, vagina, or rectum). Treatment involves taking prescription antibiotics and/or receiving an injection

If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause complications in infertility for both men and women. Regular screening is recommend for sexually active men and women, or individuals who have more than one partner