How To Test For Gonorrhea At Home
Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for contracting gonorrhea and should be testing for it regularly. As one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the country, it pays to know the facts. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 820,000 new infections occur in the United States each year. More than 2/3 of those infections are among people who are 15-24 years old.
When detected early, gonorrhea is curable. If it is left undetected or untreated, this Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) can cause serious health complications. It is a good idea to take a gonorrhea test if you know that you have had sexual relationship with someone else who has the infection.
If You Engage in Oral or Anal Sex
Many people only associate sexually transmitted infections with the genital area. However, it is also possible to get gonorrhea and chlamydia in the throat and rectum areas as well. The glaring problem here is that clinics and doctor’s offices do not automatically test these areas. If someone goes down on you, it can be transferred from their mouth to your genitals. If you go down on another person, it can be transferred from their genitals to your mouth. This means that localized infections in the mouth or rectum often go undiagnosed, even if you get a genital test. For this reason, testing the mouth and rectum is especially important for individuals who engage in oral or anal sex.
If You Experience These Symptoms
While symptoms of gonorrhea can be difficult to recognize, there are some signs that both men and women should look out for. Some of these can include:
- abnormal discharge
- an urge to urinate
In addition, men may notice a white, yellow, or green urethral discharge or testicular and scrotal pain. Women may experience symptoms that are similar to a common bladder or vaginal infection, increased vaginal bleeding or discharge between her periods.
Remember that most sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhea, often don’t show any symptoms. If you are sexually active, you should be testing for sexually transmitted infections and diseases on a regular basis regardless of whether you notice any of the symptoms listed above.
If you are taking a routine test, you may consider taking a panel test, which screens for multiple infections at once.
What Is Included With a Gonorrhea Test Kit?
When you order myLAB Box’s gonorrhea test kit, it comes in one combo mail-in kit, which tests for both gonorrhea and chlamydia. Both are bacterial infections and often occur at the same time. They also both rarely show symptoms, but if they do show the symptoms are similar for both. For this reason, testing for them together makes the most sense.
When testing for gonorrhea, it is important to test for oral and anal infections as well as genital infections, particularly for people who have engaged in oral or anal sex. In some cases, your gonorrhea test kit will be part of a panel that also screens for additional infections. In these combination packages, you can test for multiple infections using a single sample. These tests allow you to have a more comprehensive awareness of your overall health.
How Much Does a Gonorrhea Test Cost?
Your gonorrhea test cost depends on which gonorrhea test you are taking. You can go to a clinic or a medical facility to be tested, but if you are paying out-of-pocket, your gonorrhea test cost will be double what you would pay with an at-home health test. A Gonorrhea + Chlamydia test from myLabBox costs $79. Adding extragenital tests (screens for anal and oral infections in addition to genital infections) for both STDs costs $179.
There are also a number of combination panel test kits that allow you to test for multiple common STDs and infections with a single sample set. The cost of these kits vary, but they give you a full picture of your health and put you on the right path to being a happier and healthier you.
What Happens If I Have Gonorrhea?
If you test positive, gonorrhea is treatable with medications that will both alleviate symptoms and cure the infection. Let your partner know that you’ve tested positive so they can take a gonorrhea test as well.
Think you have gonorrhea symptoms? Don’t wait, get tested!
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