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Gonorrhea (cont.)

Gonorrhea Diagnosis

The doctor will conduct a physical examination.

  • Tenderness for women in the area of the sex organs, and a pus-filled discharge from the vagina or penis, along with a high white-blood-cell count and fever could indicate an infection.
  • A sample of the discharge will be sent to the laboratory. The laboratory will put the specimen on a special bacteria plate to see if it will grow the gonorrhea bacteria. This usually takes at least 2 days to detect. The doctor may also order diagnostic tests to examine samples of the discharge under a microscope.
  • Most hospitals and clinics now have urine kits that will screen for gonorrhea. These tests are not as sensitive as genital cultures but are good tests for screening.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/3/2014

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