Gonorrhea Testing in Singapore: Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted illness. It causes pain with urination and other symptoms. It is treatable, but if untreated can lead to sterility.
Gonorrhea is diagnosed based on testing for the presence of the bacteria. There are a few ways to do this. If there’s any discharge from the penis, vagina, or anus, the discharge can be collected on a swab, and sent to the laboratory. If there’s not discharge present or there isn’t enough of it, then a swab or other instrument may be used to collect some cells from the area of interest (the vagina, penis, or anus).
Sometimes, the test is done using a urine sample. When collecting the urine for this sample, you need to collect the first part of the stream (unlike other urine tests, when the mid-stream urine may be needed), because that’s the part that’s likely to have the most bacteria. Again, the laboratory will look for the bacteria under a microscope or will test for the DNA of Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Urine testing is a common method of screening for gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted infections.
If you engage in risky sexual behavior, such as having multiple sex partners, having unprotected sex outside of a mutually monogamous relationship, or being a man who has sex with men, then you should be screened for gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted infections at least once a year, and more often (every 3-6 months) if you have many new sexual partners. Because many sexually transmitted infections can be asymptomatic, getting screened is the only way of finding them early enough to treat them before they cause permanent damage.