At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To screen for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which causes the sexually transmitted disease (STD) gonorrhoea
When to Get Tested?
If you have symptoms of gonorrhoea or are pregnant
A swab of secretion or discharge from the infected area.
Testing is available at genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics , sexual health centres, contraceptive centres and some GP surgeries.
Test Preparation Needed?
Please tell your doctor or healthcare professional about the use of antibiotics or, for women, douches or vaginal creams within 24 hours before testing vaginal samples, as they may affect test results. For a urine sample, you may be instructed to wait one to two hours after you last urinated before collecting a urine sample. Follow any instructions you are given.