Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
This test screens for gonorrhea and chlamydia, common STDs that can infect the genitals, rectum, and throat. You may or may not have any symptoms. If left untreated, these STDs can lead to serious complications like infertility and ectopic pregnancy. Gonorrhea and chlamydia may be cured in almost all cases with the right treatment.
You might consider testing if:
- Have had unprotected sex or do not speak to your partners about their STD status
- Have multiple sex partners or learn your partner has an STD
- Are a woman and have symptoms including pain or burning when urinating, increased/abnormal vaginal discharge, or abdominal pain or bleeding between periods.
- Are a man and have symptoms including burning after urination or ejaculation, itching of the penis, white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis, or swollen testicles.
- Have rectal symptoms including discharge, anal itching, soreness, bleeding, or painful bowel movements. Symptoms in the mouth can occur if you have engaged in oral sexual activity.
- Previously had a negative test but are still experiencing symptoms. You may want to consider taking the test again since the average period for detecting chlamydia/gonorrhea is 2-6 days, but can be up to 30 days.
- Are sexually active and have tested positive for chlamydia or gonorrhea in the past (up to 25% of women treated for chlamydia get reinfected within three to six months. Gonorrhea can also recur and may require retesting).
- Are a man who has sex with men
- Share or have shared injection drug equipment
- Are pregnant
This test does not require fasting.