Who should get tested for gonorrhea?
Anyone can get infected with Gonorrhea after exposure to the bacteria. The infection can be asymptomatic where there are no symptoms experienced after initial exposure. For this reason, anyone who believes they have been exposed to the bacteria should get tested not until after two weeks. Also, the chances of infection are increased in people who have had unprotected sex, have multiple sex partners or new sex partners and in men who have sex with men. Individuals who have other STDs such as HIV are also at a higher risk of infection. A person who engages in such high-risk behavior should get tested for Gonorrhea and even other STDs.
What do the results mean?
Gonorrhea test results can be either positive or negative. A positive result indicates the presence of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae in the blood hence a Gonorrhea infection. On the other hand, a negative test means absence of the infection. However, a false-negative result is possible if one is tested too early to be able to detect the bacteria in the blood. One should test again after six weeks of getting negative test results in order to confirm a false-negative.
Is Gonorrhea curable?
All sexually transmitted diseases cannot be cured, but Gonorrhea is not one of them. The problem is that many people who have contracted the disease across the United States do not report that they have it. It is not always that these people do not want to tell a doctor about it. In fact, according to experts, in almost half the cases there are no symptoms of Gonorrhea. This is why there are plenty of people right now who are going about their daily lives undiagnosed, and the disease gets worse as time goes by.
Knowing your STD status is a critical step to stopping STD transmission. If you know you are infected you can take steps to protect yourself and your partners. And don’t forget to tell your partner to ask a healthcare provider about STD testing as well.