Referrals for gonorrhoea tests can be issued fast and easily online through Instant Consult. Our doctors can refer you for a test for the clap with maximum discretion. You can present the gonorrhoea test at any pathology collection centre across Australia. The results should be received within 2-3 business days where a member of our support team will call you to schedule a follow up consult with the requesting doctor, where you can discuss the results and any other concerns you may have. If you have not heard from a member of our support team within 3 business days of your test, please call Instant Consult Support on 1300 003 310.

Symptoms

The symptoms of this infection may vary depending on whether you are a male or female. It most commonly occurs in the urethra, rectum or throat but may also affect the cervix, joints or eyes. You may have the infection but experience no symptoms.

Genital tract

Male

  • Painful urination
  • Pus-like discharge
  • Testicle pain or swelling

Female

  • Painful urination
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods
  • Painful intercourse
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain

Rectum

  • Pus-like discharge
  • Anal itching
  • Bleeding
  • Straining during bowel movements

Throat

  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Eyes

  • Eye pain
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Pus-like discharge

Joints

  • Swollen and/or red joints
  • Painful joints, especially during movement
  • Joints that are warm to the touch

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If you suspect that you, your child or your partner may be infected, make an appointment with your doctor to get a gonorrhoea test online as soon as possible. Complications may include infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, chronic pelvic pain, miscarriage, premature birth, blindness in babies, and increased risk of HIV and AIDS.

Causes

The infection is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It can affect both men and women. It is most commonly spread through sexual contact but can also affect babies during childbirth if the mother is infected. It is important to get gonorrhoea testing if you suspect infection is present.

Risk factors

The main risk factors associated with developing the infection are:

  • Being of a young age (15-24)
  • Having a new sex partner
  • Having several concurrent sex partners
  • Having a sex partner with concurrent partners
  • Having another sexually transmitted infection; and
  • Previous diagnosis.

Prevention

Ensure that you take steps to minimise your risk of contracting the infection by doing the following:

Abstaining from sex

Abstaining from sex is the most effective way to avoid getting the infection. If you do choose to have sex, using protection is the next best step.

Using a condom

Using a condom during any form of sexual contact, including oral, anal and vaginal sex, can minimise your chances of contracting the infection.

Having you and your partner take the clap test

Before having sex with a new person, ensure that you and your partner have been screened for sexually transmitted infections. Sexually active people are advised to get an annual screening.

Avoiding sex with people that have unusual symptoms

Avoid having sex with a partner if they display unusual signs or symptoms such as painful urination or genital sores. This may suggest a sexually transmitted infection that needs to be treated.

Diagnosis

To find out if you have the infection, your doctor will perform a gonorrhoea test by analysing a cell sample. The sample can be collected in the following ways:

Urine test

A urine test can help to identify any bacteria that may be in the urethra.

Swab

A swab of the affected area, such as throat, rectum, urethra or vagina allows for the identification of bacteria in the area.

Home kit

Home kits are available for women; they consist of vaginal swabs that are sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Treatment

While treatment typically involves medication, the specific type of treatment will depend on the age of the person.

Adults

Adults with the infection are treated with antibiotics and are advised to abstain from unprotected sex for a week following completed treatment to prevent reinfection. The infected person’s partner should also request gonorrhoea testing even if they do not display symptoms.

Babies

If a baby is born to a mother who is infected, they will receive a medication shortly after birth to prevent infection, or antibiotics if the infection has developed.

Preparing for your medical appointment

In order to get the most out of your appointment, consider doing the following before getting a gonorrhoea test online:

Write down your symptoms

Writing out a list of the symptoms you are experiencing before the appointment can ensure you do not forget to mention anything during the session.

List your medications and allergies

Listing your allergies and any medications that you are taking (including supplements and vitamins) can help you get the best treatment.

Write down questions to ask your doctor

Preparing your questions in advance can help you stay on track during your session.

If you suspect you may have the infection, do not hesitate to book an appointment for the clap test with one of our friendly doctors. Simply download the app and request a consult to speak to a doctor, through video call, now.

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