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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported disease in the United States. But, still many cases of Gonorrhea continue to go unreported and undiagnosed as the symptoms do not show up at the earlier stage. In many cases, even if the symptoms show up, people ignore them as if they are some bacterial infections. So we highly recommend every sexually active young person to get tested for Gonorrhea at least once in a year. 

The article below covers all the relevant topics of Gonorrhea like Gonorrhea test cost, transmission, symptoms in both men and women, complications, prevention, procedure, treatment and how to get tested for Gonorrhea sitting at home.

How much does the Gonorrhea test cost?

For our readers who are interested in booking the Gonorrhea screening test, we have covered the Gonorrhea test cost out of the way. Gonorrhea test cost ranges between $79 and $90 in the different labs and facilities across the US. To view and compare the gonorrhea test cost in different labs offered by different providers, click the button below.

Gonorrhea test cost with insurance

Gonorrhea test is done in two stages. 

1. Gonorrhea screening test: It is done to check the presence of bacterium in the body in which the test results may be positive or negative.

2. Gonorrhea advanced test: If the test results are positive, Gonorrhea advanced tests will be done to know the exact stage of infection. 

Many health insurance policies in the US do not cover for the preventative screening tests of sexually transmitted diseases including Gonorrhea when the symptoms do not show up. The cost of the advanced tests might be covered by your health insurance policy.

Our STD testing providers offer the screening test for Gonorrhea and do not accept any health insurance policy. But, on request, they may provide all the required details like name and test of the code, and CPT code for necessary for insurance reimbursement purposes.

What is Gonorrhea and how is it transmitted?

Gonorrhea is the second most common sexually transmitted disease in the US. It is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus. This bacterium infects the warm and moist areas of the body like urethra, rectum, eyes, vagina, and throat in both men and women. However, men are prone to this infection showing some symptoms like swollen testicles and penile irritation. Gonorrhea is also referred to as “the clap” because in the earlier days, people believed that clapping the hands hardly on both sides of the penis could expel the pus secreted due to the infection and cure it.

People with Gonorrhea can also be affected by Chlamydia at the same time. As the pattern of transmission, symptoms, procedure, and risks are almost the same for both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, we recommend everyone testing for Gonorrhea to be tested for Chlamydia as well.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends that patients infected with Gonorrhea should be treated for Chlamydia as well.

Oral Gonorrhea

When the gonorrhea infection is transmitted through oral sex, it is called oral Gonorrhea. Oral sex with infected persons affects the mouth, eyes, and throat.
 

Transmission

Gonorrhea is transmitted through unprotected sexual contact with the infected person which includes anal, vaginal or oral sex and sharing unwashed sex toys. As this bacterium cannot live outside the human body for a few seconds, Gonorrhea cannot be spread through casual contact like touching the clothes or sitting on the toilet seat. A woman with Gonorrhea can pass on the infection to her newborn child at birth (only during vaginal delivery). Babies born by C-section cannot get it from their infected mother. Younger men and women who are sexually active are more prone to gonorrhea infection.
 
The new research published in “The Lancet Infectious Diseases” tells that mouth kissing can also be an important risk factor in the transmission of this bacterial infection and this can be prevented by a good quality anti-bacterial mouthwash. So we highly recommend everyone above the age of 16 to get tested for Gonorrhea at least once a year.

What are the signs and symptoms of Gonorrhea?

Some people may experience the symptoms of Gonorrhea within 15 days of initial exposure whereas some do not experience any symptom until the advanced stage of infection.

Symptoms in women

  • Unusual vaginal discharge (dark green or yellow color)
  • Severe abdominal and back pain
  • Bleeding during sexual intercourse
  • Heavy periods
  • Vulvar (outer part of the vagina) swelling
Symptoms in men
  • Unusual penile discharge
  • Swollen testicles
  • Inflammation around the penis

Common symptoms

  • Swelling in the neck lymph nodes
  • Anal discharge
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Pain in the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Painful joints
  • Bleeding or pain with passing bowel movements 
Know more about the Gonorrhea infection in the US and the symptoms of Gonorrhea in both men and women.
Gonorrhea Symptoms

How is Gonorrhea infection diagnosed?

If you experience any symptoms mentioned above or if you suspect of having the gonorrhea infection, then have a talk with your physician. He may recommend you to test for Gonorrhea. Generally, the Gonorrhea test is done using the urine sample or cotton swab. The cotton swab picks the sample of discharge and cells from the infected area either in the vagina, penis, anus, throat or urethra. Men are usually asked for urine samples. The collected sample is then sent to the lab for analysis. Self-collection of samples at home is also possible with Gonorrhea test kits offered by some labs across all the cities in the United States.

Right time to test for Gonorrhea

When you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms, you should get tested immediately. Gonorrhea infection might show up on tests within 2 to 6 days after exposure. It is very common to not experience symptoms at an earlier stage of infection. So it is highly recommended to test after every potential exposure. To ensure more accurate results, we recommend waiting 2 weeks after potential exposure to get tested.
 
Image with a urine sample where the sample is used to test for Gonorrhea infection.
Gonorrhea Diagnosis

Is there any preparation required before the test?

 You should not urinate for at least one hour before the test. No other special preparation is required to test for Gonorrhea infection.
 

What is the treatment for Gonorrhea?

If your Gonorrhea test results are positive, antibiotic therapy is used to treat it. Antibiotic therapy involves a single antibiotic tablet or an antibiotic injection of Ceftriaxone. Gonorrhea can be cured easily at an earlier stage of infection. You are advised to make sure your recent partners are also tested and not to have sex until you are completely treated and cured. Your physician may ask you to do the follow-up test after two weeks to ensure you have completely got rid of the infection.
You should not have sex even using a condom for at least 7 days after the treatment. It is also important to get your recent sex partners treated and not to have sex with them till 7 days of their treatment.

What happens if Gonorrhea is left untreated?

If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause severe health problems in both men and women. There are greater chances of getting HIV infection if Gonorrhea is not treated at an initial stage.

Complications in women

In women, Gonorrhea leads to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), an infection in the uterus, vagina and fallopian tubes. PID causes severe pain and damage to the reproductive organs. During the pregnancy period, it may cause miscarriage and premature childbirths. Women may also get ectopic pregnancy (fertilized egg grows outside the uterus).

Complications in men

In men, the severity of gonorrhea leads to epididymitis, an inflammation in the tube present at the back of the testicle that stores and carries sperm. This condition may ultimately result in infertility. Men may also experience permanent tissue marks in the urethra.

Rarely, gonorrhea spreads to other parts of the body causing

  • Inflammation in the joints
  • Irritation and redness in the skin
  • Inflammation around the brain, spinal cord, and heart

How to prevent Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea can be prevented by having safe or protected sex.

  • Use condoms or dental dams during sexual intercourse.
  • Don’t share the sex toys, if shared, wash them or cover them with a new condom before using it.
  • Limit the number of sex partners.
Sexually active people are advised to take the gonorrhea test at least once in every year. It is important to do the follow-up tests to get rid of reinfection.

Provider Locations

Gonorrhea test can be done in any of the following states either at the provider’s location or home. To know the Gonorrhea test cost in these locations, refer to the first section of this article.

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