As gonorrhoea doesn’t always cause symptoms, you might not think you need to see a doctor. However, it can lead to health complications if it’s left untreated, so it’s important to get yourself tested as soon as possible after you’ve had unprotected sex.
If gonorrhoea is caught early, it can be treated more easily and you’re less likely to develop complications. Even if your tests reveal that you don’t have gonorrhoea, you will at least have peace of mind.
Our doctors can arrange a discreet gonorrhoea test for you, and you’ll get your results in just a fews days.
How can you get a gonorrhoea test online?
Once you’ve discussed your situation with the doctor, they can arrange for a gonorrhoea test kit to be sent to your home. This means you don’t have to take time off to visit a clinic, or worry about bumping into someone while you’re there. The test will arrive in discreet packaging and no one else will know what’s inside.
These online test kits come with easy-to-follow instructions, so you can provide the required sample in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
All you need to do next is post the sample back to our lab, where our technicians can analyse it. You will be able to log in to your account and check your results in just a few days.
If you would prefer to visit your local medical facility for these tests, our doctors can arrange that too.
Who should get tested for gonorrhoea?
Sexually active people under the age of 25 are considered most at risk from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including gonorrhoea. In fact, it’s recommended that you take a test once a year, just in case.
There are also a number of warning signs that you need to be aware of. If any of the following applies to you, it’s best to see a doctor.
- You notice any of the symptoms of gonorrhoea
- You’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner
- Your partner or former partner tells you they’ve been diagnosed with gonorrhoea
- You used a condom that split during vaginal, oral or anal intercourse
- Your new partner has previously had unprotected sex and not been tested for gonorrhoea
- You’re trying to get pregnant and have never been tested
- You have any other reason to think that you might have gonorrhoea
How do our doctors diagnose gonorrhoea?
During your appointment, you’ll discuss your reasons for seeing a doctor and any gonorrhoea symptoms you’ve noticed. If you don’t have symptoms, your doctor will need to know why you feel you’re at risk.
Our doctors are not here to pass judgement. They will simply do what they can to provide the help you need, and everything you share with them is completely confidential.
There are two types of test that our doctors can send out. These are:
- A swab test - The most common form of gonorrhoea test for women, but they can also be used for men. Your test kit will contain a cotton swab that you will wipe gently over the affected area to collect a sample of the discharge.
- A urine test - You will be provided with a container to collect a sample of your urine. Remember to read the instructions carefully, as it will probably be necessary to avoid peeing for a couple of hours before providing a sample. This is so that any bacteria doesn’t get washed away.
What happens when you get your results?
If your test results show that you have gonorrhoea, our doctors will arrange a prompt follow-up appointment for you to discuss treatment.
There may be situations where our doctors will start your treatment without waiting for test results. They will do this if they feel there’s a strong chance you have gonorrhoea; for example, if a previous sexual partner (who you had unprotected sex with) has contacted you to say they’ve been diagnosed.
If your test results come back negative for gonorrhoea, you obviously will not need any further treatment. However, it’s a good idea to practice safer sex in future, to avoid putting yourself at risk.