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Many people with Gonorrhea don't notice it at all. Still, it has serious consequences if you don't treat Gonorrhea on time. Fortunately, gonorrhea is easily treated if caught early. If in doubt, get yourself tested! This prevents inflammation that can lead to infertility in the long term. Read all about Gonorrhea on this page.

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How does an STD test for Gonorrhea work?

Do you think you may have been infected with gonorrhoea? In that case, we understand that you want to know as soon as possible. That way, you know where you stand. Keep in mind that there is an incubation time of two weeks, so make sure to wait two weeks after having sec to test; otherwise, your test may not be reliable. Do you have symptoms that match gonorrhoea? Then you can do the test right away[1]. If you are sexually active and have different sex partners, we highly recommend getting tested for Gonorrhea every year, even if you don’t experience symptoms.

You can take our Gonorrhoea STD test where you want. Anytime, anywhere. The instructions tell you exactly how to do it. After taking the test, you send the test free of charge to the laboratory, where your body material is checked for the presence of gonorrhoea bacteria utilising the PCR technique. You can request your results online after 24 to 36 hours*. Orders placed on working days before 11 PM are delivered the next day.

*For a test with Mycoplasma genitalium, this is after 36 to 48 hours.

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Order your test

Choose the test you need. Order on working days before 11 PM to receive it the next day.

2

Take the test

In the manual you can find step-by-step instructions.

3

Send the test

Send the test free of charge to our certified laboratory. Our medical team is ready to analyze your test.

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You can request the results in the online portal after 24 to 36 hours.


  • Gonorrhoea is a common STD.
  • It is caused by the bacterium: Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonococcus).
  • Usually, Gonorrhea does not cause any symptoms.
  • If you do develop symptoms, you may experience pain during urination, itching and yellow-green discharge.
  • You can test whether you have Gonorrhea with a urine or smear test.
  • Gonorrhoea can be treated with antibiotics, usually in the form of a shot.
  • Without treatment, Gonorrhea can have serious consequences.
  • If in doubt, get tested.

What is Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhoea is a common STD. One of the symptoms is a pus-like discharge from the penis. Gonorrhoea is therefore also known as the clap. This is also one of the symptoms that can occur when you have a vagina. You can get Gonorrhea by having unprotected sex with someone who carries the Neisseria Gonorrhoeae bacteria (gonococcus). This bacterium then settles on the mucous membranes of the vagina, penis, anus, throat or eyes. This causes an infection called Gonorrhea.[1][2]


What causes Gonorrhea?

You can get Gonorrhea from sex with someone who carries the Gonorrhea bacteria. You are especially at risk if you do not use a condom or dental dam. Without a condom or dental dam, mucous membranes come into contact with the mucous membranes of another person. This way bacteria are easily transferred from one person to the other. You can still be at risk of contracting Gonorrhea when using a condom or dental dam. For example when:

  • You use the condom incorrectly, or accidentally tear it;
  • Your mucous membranes come into contact with infected (vaginal) fluid or semen of the other through the fingers;
  • You have used contaminated sex toys.

This way you can get chlamydia on the mucous membranes of your vagina, penis, anus, throat, and/or eyes.[3]


What are the symptoms of Gonorrhea?

You can develop symptoms after 2 to 21 days of unprotected sex with someone with Gonorrhea. On average, you will develop symptoms after five days. Some people don’t get any symptoms at all.[3] Taking an STD test is, therefore, the only way to know for sure whether you have Gonorrhea or not.

Do you have symptoms, and are you still curious whether you have Gonorrhea? Then look for the following symptoms that could indicate Gonorrhea:

  • Burning or irritated sensation during urination
  • Yellow-green or pus-like discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Pain in the lower abdomen (with vaginal Gonorrhea)[1]

Symptoms vary and depend on the body location in which you are infected. Gonorrhoea of the penis, for example, causes different symptoms than Gonorrhea in the vagina. Below, we describe the various symptoms for each body part.

Symptoms of Gonorrhea: Penis

If you are infected with Gonorrhea of the penis, you will usually notice it within a few days to two weeks. You will often get a pus-like discharge, also called a drip. The discharge is transparent to a yellow-green colour. You may also experience pain when urinating.[1][2] In some cases, Gonorrhea does not cause any symptoms at all, but you can also pass on Gonorrhea without any symptoms.[2]

Symptoms of Gonorrhea: Vagina

40% to 70% of cases with people with a vagina produce symptoms. Likely, you won’t notice that you have been infected with Gonorrhea.

The following symptoms are associated with vaginal Gonorrhea:

  • Yellow-green or pus-like discharge
  • Pain or burning during sex or when urinating
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Bleeding when you are not having your period[1][3][4]

Symptoms of Gonorrhea: Anus and throat

You can get infected with Gonorrhea in your anus or throat if the bacteria get there. For example, through oral sex. Often, Gonorrhea in the anus or throat does not cause any symptoms. When you’ve been infected with Gonorrhea in your throat, you can get throat inflammation, also known as pharyngitis. Anal Gonorrhea can cause itching or irritation. Anal or oral Gonorrhea rarely gives any symptoms.[2] So if in doubt, get tested. If you have tested negative for Gonorrhea in either your vagina or penis, then there is still a possibility that you test positive in the anus or throat.

Symptoms of Gonorrhea: Eyes

When the Gonorrhea bacteria gets into your eye, it can cause an eye infection. This is called purulent conjunctivitis. This can happen if semen or vaginal fluid from someone with Gonorrhea gets into your eyes, for example, through your hands. Gonorrhoea in the eye can be tested separately with a smear, but it does not have to be treated separately.[2]

If you’re having trouble with your eyes and it might have something to do with Gonorrhea, we highly recommend you visit your doctor for a test.


What if I have Gonorrhea during my pregnancy?

Gonorrhea can go unnoticed during pregnancy. You can also get Gonorrhea during pregnancy through unprotected sex. It is important to treat this as soon as possible. Gonorrhea can cause a premature birth during pregnancy. It can also be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth. In rare cases it can infect a child in the anus, throat or eyes. Eye infections need to be treated quickly to prevent permanent damage.[2]


How do I prevent Gonorrhea?

You can prevent Gonorrhea by using a condom. This reduces the chance that you will get or transmit Gonorrhea. Use a condom when you:

  • Have sex where the penis goes into the vagina;
  • Have sex where the penis goes into the anus;
  • Give oral sex (your mouth comes into contact with someone else’s penis, vagina, or anus);
  • Receive oral sex (your penis, vagina, or anus comes into contact with someone else’s mouth).

For oral sex, you can cut the condom open and place it on the vagina or anus before licking someone. You can also use a dental dam.

Keep in mind that a condom or dental dam never fully protects. For example, misuse, or the unexpected tearing of a condom, can still cause you to get an STD. Therefore, it is important to test yourself regularly, even when practising safe sex.[2]


I tested positive; now what?

If you have tested positive for Gonorrhea, it can be a bit of a shock. Fortunately, Gonorrhea is easily treatable. So contact your doctor to start treatment as soon as possible. It’s essential to do this because otherwise, the risk of long-term complications will increase. Want to know what to expect from the treatment? Click on the button below to read all about it.

Tested positive for Gonorrhea


Frequently asked questions

An ISO-certified laboratory analyses our STD tests. If you follow the instruction manual carefully and wait 14 days to test after your last sexual contact then the result will be equally as reliable as a test from the GP or GGD.

Read more about the reliability here.

Our STI test has several advantages compared to an STD test at the GP or GGD:

  • You stay anonymous: Only you know that you are getting tested, and only you get to know the results. Your doctor will not be informed (unless you prefer it).
  • It’s time-saving: You won’t have travel waiting times. You will receive the results after 24 to 36 hours.*
  • It’s cheap: Our STI tests are more affordable than the GP.
  • Privacy and comfort: You can take an STD test from Spoedtest.nl in your environment without compromising quality or reliability.

*For a test with Mycoplasma genitalium, this is after 36 to 48 hours.

You get the result almost immediately with self-tests, but these are often less reliable. The test may miss an STD or give an incorrect result. In a study by the Maastricht Infection Center, there was one chlamydia self-test from the drugstore that scored 12% on specificity. That means that 88% of people with a positive result do not have chlamydia!

Therefore, the advice is to conduct an STD test in a lab. You take our STI test yourself and then send it to the laboratory. You, therefore, have to be patient until you have the result, but this way, you know for sure that the result is reliable.

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Sources

  1. RIVM. (2018, December). Soa en hiv partnermanagement. https://lci.rivm.nl/draaiboeken/partnermanagement/
  2. RIVM. (2021, June 25). Gonorroe. https://www.rivm.nl/gonorroe
  3. RIVM. (2020, January). Gonorroe. https://lci.rivm.nl/richtlijnen/gonorroe
  4. Soa Aids Nederland. (2021, January 20). Gonorroe. https://www.soaaids.nl/nl/alle-soas/gonorroe
  5. Thuisarts.nl. (2021, March 2). Ik heb gonorroe. https://www.thuisarts.nl/gonorroe/ik-heb-gonorroe