Three types of tests are used to determine if someone has gonorrhea. The first one is a swab sample, which is sent to the lab for testing. The second test is a urine test, which is also sent to the lab for testing. The third test is a Gram stain, which allows the doctor to see the bacteria under a microscope.
There are three types of tests that are used to diagnose gonorrhea, which include:
- Swab sample
- Urine test
- Gram stain.
(Click Diagnose Gonorrhea for more information about the processes used to make a diagnosis.)
In this gonorrhea test, a swab sample from the part of the body that is likely to be infected (cervix, urethra, penis, rectum, or throat) can be sent to a lab for testing.
In this test, gonorrhea in the cervix or urethra can be diagnosed with a urine sample that is then sent to a lab for testing.
A Gram stain is done right in a clinic or doctor's office. In this test, a sample from the urethra or cervix is placed on a slide and then stained with dye. A Gram stain allows the doctor to see the bacteria under a microscope. This test generally works better for men than for women.
Talk to your doctor about having a gonorrhea test if you:
- Have any gonorrhea symptoms
- Think you or your partner could have gonorrhea
- Know that your partner has gonorrhea.