Gonorrhea Culture

This is a test for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria that causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. Gonorrhea is easily treated but can cause severe reproductive and other health problems if left untreated.

A swab is used to get a sample of secretion or discharge from the infected area such as the cervix, urethra, penis, anus, or throat. A urine sample is used in some tests. Many caregivers will take a sample from more than one body site to increase the likelihood of finding the bacteria.

NORMAL FINDINGS

Your culture should be negative. This means that this culture showed no growth for gonorrhea.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.