Gonorrhea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae, NAA)
This test provides a urine screening for Genital Gonorrhea. The test looks for the bacteria responsible for infection.
Gonorrhea is a common bacterial STD. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that over 700,000 new Gonorrhea infections occur per year but less than half are reported. In 2003, it was second to Chlamydia trachomatis as the most reported notifiable sexually transmitted disease in the United States, with 335,104 cases of gonorrhea reported.2 Infections with N. gonorrhoeae are primarily restricted to the mucus membranes of the endocervix, urethra, rectum, and pharynx. In females, gonorrhea is a major cause of pelvic inflammatory disease and may lead to tubal infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain, whereas in males, it primarily causes urethritisGonorrhea can be spread through all forms of sexual contact. Gonorrhea infections may not display any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, the most common are burning during urination, abnormal discharge, and discomfort or pain in the genital area. If left untreated, Gonorrhea can spread to other parts of the body and may result in infertility.
Gonorrhea is highly infectious and testing is advisable for anyone who is sexually active, regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms or not. Pregnant women should seek testing, as the infection can be spread to infants during birth.
This test is used to screen for Genital Gonorrhea only. Unlike a swab test, urine testing is non-invasive, pain free, and can be collected in privacy.