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.
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
- Unusual penile discharge
- Swollen testicles
- Inflammation around the penis
- Swelling in the neck lymph nodes
- Anal discharge
- Sore throat
- Pain in the eye
- Sensitivity to light
- Painful joints
- Bleeding or pain with passing bowel movements
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.
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Is there any preparation required before the test?
What is the treatment for Gonorrhea?
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.
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