Gonorrhoea is diagnosed by taking an STI test. You can be tested within a few days of suspected infection but you may have to wait up to 2 weeks to ensure the test results are accurate.
When you do not need to be tested for gonorrhoea before treatment:
- You have already had a positive test result for gonorrhoea
- There is a high chance you have gonorrhoea and you cannot wait for a test result
- A sexual partner has tested positive for gonorrhoea
When you should be tested for gonorrhoea before treatment:
- You think you or your partner have symptoms of gonorrhoea
- You test positive for a different STI such as chlamydia
- There is a chance you have gonorrhoea and you are pregnant
- You have had unprotected sex with a new partner
- Your partner has had unprotected sex with a different partner
It can take up to two weeks to receive the results of a gonorrhoea test.
If you require a gonorrhoea test, you can purchase a home test from our Online Pharmacy that can be carried out at home and sent directly to a lab for analysis.
Gonorrhoea test for women
The test for gonorrhoea in women usually involves a doctor or nurse taking a swab from the vagina or cervix. If infection is suspected in the urethra, a swab can also be taken from here. In some cases, women can take a sample herself using a swab or a tampon. Women do not normally need to give a urine sample to test for gonorrhoea as the results are less accurate than a vaginal swab.
Gonorrhoea test for men
In men, a urine sample is the most common way to diagnose gonorrhoea, although a swab may also be used to take a sample of any discharge coming from the penis.
You should not urinate for at least two hours before providing a urine sample as this can dislodge and wash away bacteria giving the chance of a false negative result.