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.
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