Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Culture Test in Hyderabad

Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a bacterium that causes gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects both men and women. Gonorrhea can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is crucial to detect and treat gonorrhea promptly as it can lead to serious health problems including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and an increased risk of contracting HIV.

Culture for Gonococcus (Neisseria gonorrhoeae) involves collecting a sample, usually a swab or urine, and testing it in the laboratory for the presence of the bacteria. This test is critical in diagnosing gonorrhea so that appropriate treatment can be initiated.

Test Name Culture - Gonococcus (Neisseria gonorrhoeae)
Sample Type Swab from urethra / anal swab/ eye/ endocervix / pharynx
Preparations Required Do not urinate for at least one hour before giving a urine sample. Avoid using antibiotics or antiseptic washes before the test, as these can affect the results.
Report Time 3 days
Price in Hyderabad ₹ 1200

What is a Culture for Gonococcus?

Culture for Gonococcus is a laboratory test used to diagnose gonorrhea, an STI caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The test involves analyzing a sample of urine or a swab from the throat, cervix, rectum, or urethra for the presence of the bacteria.

Why is this test done?

This test is done to diagnose gonorrhea, which is important for preventing complications such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and an increased risk of HIV. It's also essential for preventing the spread of the infection to others.

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How is the sample collected?

Depending on the suspected site of infection, a healthcare professional will take a swab from your throat, cervix, rectum, or urethra. Alternatively, a urine sample may be collected.

What does a positive result indicate?

A positive result indicates that Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria are present, confirming a diagnosis of gonorrhea.

How is gonorrhea treated?

Gonorrhea is usually treated with antibiotics. It is important to take all the prescribed medication and to refrain from sexual activity until the infection is completely cleared to prevent spreading it to others.

What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?

Symptoms of gonorrhea can include pain or burning during urination, increased vaginal or penile discharge, vaginal bleeding between periods, and anal discomfort. However, many people with gonorrhea do not have noticeable symptoms.

Can gonorrhea be prevented?

Gonorrhea can be prevented by using condoms consistently and correctly, being in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who does not have STIs, or by abstaining from sexual activity.

Who should get tested for gonorrhea?

Anyone who is sexually active and at risk for STIs should be tested for gonorrhea. This includes individuals with multiple sexual partners, those who do not consistently use condoms, and those who have been diagnosed with another STI.

What complications can result from untreated gonorrhea?

Untreated gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in women, which can cause infertility and ectopic pregnancy. In men, it can cause epididymitis, which can lead to infertility. It also increases the risk of contracting HIV.

Should my partner be tested as well?

Yes, if you have been diagnosed with gonorrhea, it's important that all recent sexual partners are informed and get tested as well.

Can I get gonorrhea more than once?

Yes, having had gonorrhea does not provide immunity against future infections. It is possible to get the infection again if exposed to the bacteria.

Which doctor should I consult if I am diagnosed with gonorrhea?

If you are diagnosed with gonorrhea, it is important to consult a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases or a gynecologist for women and a urologist for men.

Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted infection that can have serious consequences if left untreated. It is important for individuals who are at risk to be regularly tested for gonorrhea and other STIs. Early detection and treatment are key to preventing complications and the spread of the infection to others. Always practice safe sex and communicate openly with your doctor and sexual partners about your sexual health.

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