STI stands for “Sexually Transmitted Infection” and STD stands for “Sexually Transmitted Disease”. These two terms sound similar and the difference between them can be confusing. One of the reasons for this is that up to a certain point these two terms were synonymous and were used interchangeably. But now there is a technical difference between these terms which has been acknowledged by the medical community and can no longer be used synonymously.
Gonorrhea: Neisseria gonorrhoeae, NAA (Nucleic Acid Amplification)
Gonorrhea: Neisseria gonorrhoeae NAA (Nucleic Acid Amplification. Specimen Type: Urine Specimen
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To screen for gonorrhea, we use a urine test.
The CDC recommends that certain people should be tested every year. This includes sexually active women younger than 25 years, older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection, and all sexually active gay, bisexual, men who have sex with other men (MSM). Most cases of gonorrhea can be cured by taking antibiotics. Whatever the case, we can provide prompt and discreet testing for gonorrhea.
Detection Of Gonorrhea Is The First Step To Fight It
Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STD. There are an estimated 820,000 new infections each year.
Gonorrhea can occur in both men and women, and it may or may not have symptoms.
If symptoms do appear in men, they’re likely to experience:
- The need to urinate much more often, and with more urgency
- Discomfort around the penis or testicles (pain, swelling, burning)
- Discolored discharge from the penis
- Sore throat
It’s common for women to not experience any symptoms at all. However, if women do experience signs, they can include:
- Symptoms that are similar to that of a yeast infection
- Have to urinate much more often, and with more urgency
- Sore throat and/or fever
- Pain during sex
- Sharp pain the abdomen
- Irregular periods
Test Smartly Labs can help if you need to test for gonorrhea or any other STD.
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What Is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a very common bacterial STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) that can affect both men and women.
How Often Should I Be Tested
If you are a sexually active individual, is it always best to be regularly examined and tested to determine if an STD is present. Certain people are more at risk to contract gonorrhea, such as a man who is sexually active with other men. Women who have a new sexual partner or multiple sexual partners should be tested yearly as well.
Be prepared for your lab test!
- Make sure you have been Fasting for at least 10-12 hours for many blood tests
- Make sure you are Hydrated for blood draw
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your lab test upfront (We don't process insurance claims but can provide you with information to submit your own insurance claim)
- If you are having specialized testing, call ahead to help us determine if there are special collection preparations.
- If you are interested in one of our health panels, please feel free to look at our web listing to help identify which one you want performed.
- Please try to arrive 30 minutes prior to business closing to allow us time to process your samples for shipment.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.