Gonorrhoea Lab Test Kit
The Gonorrhoea Test Kit enables you to provide a sample for testing at home. This is then sent to our partner lab, and we will notify you when the result is ready.
Ordering a gonorrhoea test kit online is simple with our confidential pharmacy service. We ship all items by next day courier, so you’ll be able to get your test kit delivered to your home in just one working day.
The gonorrhoea test kit can be used at home to screen for gonorrhoea. It can detect with a high level of accuracy whether someone is infected. Where positive, the result can also be used to inform a prescribing doctor of the most appropriate antibiotic to use if treatment is required.
Our UK pharmacy has partnered with The Doctors Laboratory pathology services to make STI tests available to buy online. When you order the gonorrhoea test kit, you will receive easy-to-follow instructions on how to collect your sample, which you will then send to the lab in the envelope provided. The normal turnaround for a result is two days from the day of receipt by the lab.
When your result is ready, we’ll text or email you (whichever you prefer) to let you know. You will then be able to view your result by logging into your patient area.
In the event that your result is positive, our doctor will offer you advice on what you will need to do next, and how to get treatment.
In addition to the gonorrhoea test kit, there is also a combined version available from our online pharmacy which tests for both chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
We also offer a 7-in-1 kit which tests for gonorrhoea, chlamydia, mycoplasma genitalium, ureaplasma, trichomonas vaginalis (TV), gardnerella vaginalis and herpes simplex 1 and 2. (The turnaround time for 7-in-1 test results is slightly longer at four days).
Gonorrhoea: key information
Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection which is sexually transmitted. It can be spread through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, or through the use of shared sex toys.
The condition doesn’t cause symptoms all the time - roughly 10 percent of male cases and 50 percent of females will be symptomless - so isn’t always easy to spot.
Where it does cause symptoms, these may be:
- green or yellow discharge from the vagina or penis
- burning and discomfort when passing urine
- in women, bleeding after or during sex, or irregular bleeding between periods
- in women, abdominal pain
- and in men, swollen or inflamed foreskin.
The infection can also occur in other areas of the body, such as the eyes, rectum and throat. In the eyes and rectum, someone may develop inflammation. If someone develops an infection in the throat, it is unlikely they will have any symptoms.
If it isn’t detected and treated, gonorrhoea can lead to serious complications, such as infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and in rare cases septicaemia. It can also be passed easily onto other people; so testing and treatment is essential.
Testing for gonorrhoea is carried out through a urine sample, which is sent to a lab for screening.
If someone is positive, they will require treatment with antibiotics.
Over time, gonorrhoea has developed a resistance to several different types of antibiotic, so the preferred medicine has changed multiple times (and could do so again in future).
The first line treatment presently in the UK is an antibiotic injection given in combination with an oral antibiotic tablet. In cases where the injection is refused by the patient, a doctor may be able to offer a combination of two antibiotic tablets.
Two weeks after treatment, another test is necessary to ensure that the antibiotics have worked and stopped the infection.
People who test positive should let any sexual partners they have come into contact with know as soon as possible, as they may potentially have been infected too and require treatment.
We work with the SXT Partner Notification service to provide assistance with this should you require it. It’s a completely confidential service, and they won’t reveal your name to the person being notified.
Why you should get tested
If you suspect you might have gonorrhoea, either because you have developed symptoms or because one of your partners has been told they have it, you should get tested as soon as possible. Testing is the only way to know whether or not you have gonorrhoea, and will help a doctor to issue medicine required.
How accurate is the home test kit?
The lab we work with uses the same testing processes as those used in NHS hospital labs. If you collect the example correctly, following the instructions provided, it will be accurate as a test undertaken through an NHS provider.
To buy your gonorrhoea test kit online, click order now. You’ll be asked a few simple questions, and your answers will be screened by our doctor to ensure that this is the right test for you. Once your order has been confirmed, your test kit will be delivered to your chosen address within one working day.
Your test kit will contain:
- a request form
- a urine sample tube
- a name label
- a protective packing wallet
- a test kit box
- a urine collection box
- and a prepaid return envelope.
A set of detailed instructions will be supplied with your test kit. Please follow these as closely as you can.
To give you an idea of what this test involves, we have provided a brief overview below.
- The best time to collect your sample is just after getting up in the morning
- Go to the bathroom and wash your hands
- Fill in your details on the request form and on your name label (some details may be already filled in)
- Stick the label to the urine sample tube as shown in the diagram (contained in the instructions)
- Prepare the urine collection box by squeezing the sides (to make it into a box shape)
- Start passing urine into the box until it is half full, then finish urinating in the toilet (it is important that the first part of your urine when you start is in the box)
- Set the urine collection box down carefully and unscrew the lid on the urine sample tube
- Very carefully pour the contents of the urine collection box into the tube, filling it to the 9ml line, and making sure not to get any on the outside of the tube
- Screw the lid of the urine sample tube back on so it is tight
- Discard the contents of the urine collection box into the toilet, and the dispose of the box itself
- Put the tube into the protective packing wallet and seal
- Place both the tube and the completed request form in the test kit box
- Put the test kit box in the return envelope and seal
- Post your package to The Doctors Laboratory as soon as you can
After you have sent the sample for analysis:
- The usual turnaround time for gonorrhoea or chlamydia (or combined) testing is two days.
- We will notify you via your preferred mode of communication (text message or email or both) when your result is ready.
- You will then need to login to your patient area to view your result.
- Our doctor will be able to provide further advice on treatment in the case of a positive result.
- If you do need treatment, you will need to have a repeat test two weeks afterwards, to ensure that the infection has been cleared. This is called a test of cure.
If you are unsure of anything to do with this test, please contact The Doctors Laboratory on 020 7307 7373 or via email email@example.com.
You can also contact our doctor via your patient area for further information.
How does it work?
Once you have received your test kit from us, follow the instructions provided and send your sample to our partner lab. Once received by them, you should get your result in two working days.
Who is your partner lab?
We work with The Doctors Laboratory, a UK-based pathology service. You can find more information on their website.
How will I be notified?
We’ll let you know once your results are ready by text or email. Then, you can login to your patient area on Treated.com to get your result.
How long does it take?
The typical turnaround time for this test is two days from receipt at the lab.
What kind of sample do I have to give for the gonorrhoea test?
A urine sample. This should be given into the tube supplied with the kit.
What happens if I’m negative?
If you test negative for gonorrhoea, you won’t need to take any treatment for it.
If you have any of the symptoms usually associated with gonorrhoea described, but test negative for gonorrhoea, then you should be tested for other STIs.
When you order your test kit, our doctor will ask you questions to ensure you’re buying the right one.
What happens if I’m positive?
Our doctor will give you advice on where to get treatment.
What is a test of cure?
This is a second test to make sure the infection has gone. If you test positive, you should have this done two weeks after receiving treatment.
Is gonorrhoea curable?
There are antibiotics that can rid the infection. However, it is important to make sure you are getting the right ones, because some strains of gonorrhoea are resistant to certain types.
If you get a positive test result, your doctor will be able to help you get the right treatment.
Can you get gonorrhoea twice?
Yes. Just because you are treated for it once does not mean you won’t get it again. If you think you might have come into contact with gonorrhoea, you should not have sex and get tested as soon as possible.
Who should get tested?
You should get tested for gonorrhoea if:
- you have any of the symptoms listed on the description section of this page
- one of your previous sexual partners has told you they have gonorrhoea or have tested positive.
It is also advisable to get tested for STIs regularly (at least once a year) if you’re sexually active and not in a monogamous relationship.