We offer results for our Gonorrhoea tests within 3 hours, using PCR technology.
For those who may have given unprotected oral sex and/or received unprotected anal sex, we are able to offer a throat/rectal swab.
And for those who have a positive result, we are able to offer treatment for Gonorrhoea.
7 days after exposure
For men: urine sample (please don’t urinate 1-2 hours before your appointment)
For women: (self-taken) high vaginal swab
+/- throat/rectal swab
Time for test results
Within 3 hours
Cost of test
£130 (or £80 if taken with another test)
Same day appointments
In London & Birmingham
Highly confidential service
And discreetly located clinics
Specialists in sexual health
From busy NHS clinics
Do I need a Gonorrhoea test?
- you or your partner have any symptoms of Gonorrhoea
- you’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner
- a condom splits while you’re having sex
- you or your partner have had unprotected sex with other people
- you think you could have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)
- a sexual partner tells you they have Gonorrhoea
- you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy
When should I take a Gonorrhoea test?
If you are experiencing symptoms of Gonorrhoea or your partner has tested positive for Gonorrhoea, please get tested without delay. Otherwise, we recommend waiting 7 days after sexual contact to get a Gonorrhoea test.
Does it require a physical examination?
A physical examination is recommended if you are experiencing symptoms, but we will only carry out physical examinations with your informed consent.
What happens if my Gonorrhoea test is positive?
If you are tested positive for Gonorrhoea (i.e. Gonorrhoea is DETECTED) then we will discuss what it means for you, provide Gonorrhoea treatment to manage the condition and ensure you don’t pass it on to your partner.
You will need to get re-tested 2 weeks after receiving treatment to make sure the infection has gone.
Do I have to tell my partner, if I test positive for Gonorrhoea?
Yes. We will give you all the necessary support in conveying your diagnosis to your partner and get them tested. We will discuss the risk of passing on the infection and any tests and/or treatment your partner may need.
Page reviewed by Dr. Manoj Malu (Clinical Director)
Last reviewed date: 3 March 2020
Next review due: 3 March 2023
Whilst this content is written and reviewed by sexual health specialists, it is for general guidance only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your clinician.
References & Further Reading
- Eurosurveillance: Rapid increase in gonorrhoea and syphilis diagnoses in England in 2011
- International Journal of STD & AIDS: The value of testing multiple anatomic sites for gonorrhoea and chlamydia in sexually transmitted infection centres in the Netherlands, 2006–2010
- The Lancet: Testing for gonorrhoea should routinely include the pharynx
- BMC Medicine: Detection of antibiotic resistance is essential for gonorrhoea point-of-care testing: a mathematical modelling study