Confidential Same-Day Gonorrhea Testing and Treatment in New York City for Men and Women
We offer comprehensive testing, treatment, and prevention of STDs diseases in men including genital warts. All care provided is consistent with the latest national guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We treat everyone with the same respectful and confidential approach. We are sensitive to the various and diverse needs of our patients.
Gonorrhea Testing: What You Need to Know
What is Gonorrhea? Is It an STD? Who is at Risk of Gonorrhea Infection?
Gonorrhea is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) – more than 800,000 new infections are diagnosed in the United States each year. It is caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhea which thrive in moist, warm areas of the body, such as the urethra and genitalia. The bacteria can also infect the mouth, throat, eyes, and rectum.
Gonorrhea is transmitted from person to person through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The infection can spread even if ejaculation does not occur. Anyone who is sexually active can get infected with gonorrhea. People who have multiple sexual partners or anonymous sex partners are at higher risk of contracting gonorrhea. The infection rate is highest in teenagers, young adults, and African-Americans (link). Past infection and treatment for gonorrhea do not provide immunity and re-infection is possible from sexual contact with an infected person. That’s why STD testing is recommended at least annually for all sexually active adolescents and adults.
Early Signs of Gonorrhea: What are the Symptoms of Gonorrhea?
Many men with gonorrhea have no symptoms and do not realize they are infected. But they can still pass on the infection to their sex partners. When present, symptoms of gonorrhea in men usually appear 1-14 days after the infection and may include:
- Pain or burning with urination
- Frequent urination
- White, yellow, or green discharge from the tip of the penis
- Testicular or scrotal pain and swelling if epididymitis is present
Up to 80 percent of women may not have symptoms of gonorrhea (link). Even when present, symptoms are usually mild and nonspecific and can be easily mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. However, if left untreated, the infection can cause serious complications, even if the woman feels healthy. Gonorrhea can be passed on from a pregnant woman to her baby during delivery and can lead to life-threatening complications in the infant. Some of the symptoms of gonorrhea in women include (link):
- Pain with urination
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Intermenstrual vaginal bleeding
- Bleeding after sexual intercourse
- Pain during sex
- Pain in the abdominal or pelvic area
In men and women both, rectal infection with gonorrhea can lead to itching, soreness, and painful bowel movements. The bacteria can infect the throat and cause swollen lymph nodes and sore throat. The joints may be affected by symptoms such as pain, redness, and swelling. If someone touches their eyes after contact with infected bodily fluids, gonorrhea can cause conjunctivitis in the eye (redness and swelling). Gonorrhea in men can cause testicular pain.
Because the symptoms of gonorrhea are often absent or mild and nonspecific and the infection is associated with serious health risks, it is important to undergo regular testing for STDs. Visit the easily reachable offices of New York Urology Specialists today to set up an appointment. Our top urologists in New York City will evaluate your symptoms and advise the most appropriate treatment.
How Do I Know if I Have Gonorrhea? What is the Test for Gonorrhea?
Only a physician can diagnose gonorrhea. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, make an appointment with experienced urologists at New York Urology Specialists to get tested for gonorrhea and other STIs.
The doctor will ask questions about your sex life to assess your risk of gonorrhea, and based on your symptoms, decide whether you could have the infection. Definitive diagnosis requires STD testing with a urine sample, throat swab (if you had oral sex), anal swab (if you had anal sex), urethral swab (in men), and cervical swab (in women).
How Reliable are Tests for Gonorrhea? Can You Test Negative for Gonorrhea and Still Have It?
For the most part, tests for gonorrhea are pretty reliable. Tests used at New York Urology Specialists detect >95% of infections with gonorrhea. At New York Urology Specialists, we are a full-service urology office and we offer same-day, confidential, reliable gonorrhea testing.
Rarely, a false negative can occur (the infection is present but the test doesn’t show it). This can happen if the test is performed too soon after exposure (within 7 days). Reliable test results for gonorrhea can be obtained two weeks after exposure. An improperly obtained urine sample can also affect the accuracy of the test.
Gonorrhea Treatment: Top STD Specialists in New York City
Gonorrhea is curable with antibiotics. The CDC-recommended treatment (link) is a two-drug regimen including a single intramuscular injection of 250 mg ceftriaxone and a single dose of oral 1 gram azithromycin. It’s important to take the medications as prescribed and not share it with anyone. Remember, treatment does not prevent future infections, so it’s a good idea to always practice safe sex with condoms and undergo regular STI testing at least once a year. Board-certified urologists at New York Urology Specialists have extensive experience in treating gonorrhea and other STIs.
How Effective are Antibiotics for Gonorrhea?
Antibiotics can effectively treat gonorrhea infection but they cannot repair or reverse any permanent damage. That’s why it’s important not to ignore any symptoms. If you have any signs and symptoms of gonorrhea, talk to top urologists at our offices which are easily reachable from Brooklyn and the Bronx.
What to Do If I Still Have Symptoms After Treatment of Gonorrhea with Antibiotics?
There could be several reasons for persistent gonorrhea signs and symptoms. It’s possible for someone to get re-infected after treatment. Antibiotics for gonorrhea do not protect against re-infection. That’s why it’s a good idea for both partners to get tested and treated for gonorrhea and other STDs at the same time.
If your symptoms have not gone away after treatment, it’s possible they are due to some other cause. Talk to gonorrhea specialists at our offices in New York City to determine what could be the real cause of your symptoms.
Another possible reason for treatment failure is antibiotic resistance, which can make treatment challenging. However, new antibiotic regimens (link), such as Gemifloxacin or gentamicin in combination with oral azithromycin, are available to treat persistent infections. If you have remaining symptoms after gonorrhea treatment, see us for an evaluation. Our top-rated urologists are experienced in treating all types of sexually transmitted diseases, including resistant gonorrhea.
Where Can I Get Tested for Gonorrhea?
At New York Urology Specialists, we are a full-service urology office offering comprehensive, reliable, STD testing for men and women in New York City. Our offices are conveniently located for residents of Manhattan and other boroughs. Talk to us today about gonorrhea testing nearby. Our fellowship-trained urologists will recommend the most appropriate tests and treatment for you.
Do You Treat Gonorrhea? Can You Treat My Partner/Girlfriend/Boyfriend?
At New York Urology Specialists, we treat gonorrhea and all other sexually transmitted infections. We offer confidential same-day testing for gonorrhea and other STIs for men and women. We can treat your husband/wife or girlfriend/boyfriend. You and your partner will be seen separately to maintain confidentiality. It’s important for sex partners to get tested before getting into a new relationship. Simultaneous treatment of both partners can prevent re-infection after treatment.
Did You Know?
- 8 out of 10 women with gonorrhea have no symptoms
- If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause serious health complications
- Gonorrhea testing can be done on a urine sample
- Antibiotics can cure gonorrhea
- Simultaneous testing and treatment of sex partners can prevent re-infection
Scheduling Appointments for Gonorrhea Treatment and STD Testing at New York Urology Specialists
If you have any questions about testing or treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI), schedule a consultation, contact us or call 1-(646)-663-4125. We have excellent reviews from patients and their partners.
We offer affordable, highest-quality urology care with or without insurance. Find out our office hours or directions to our office. We offer weekday, weekend and evening office hours.
STDs are Treatable in Nearly Every Man and Woman
At New York Urology Specialists, our urologists are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI). We understand the challenges that STDs such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, and ureaplasma create for our patients, their relationships, and their self-esteem. We help you find an effective treatment for your symptoms that may be caused by STD, UTI or another cause.
Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of infections in men and women caused by sexually transmitted diseases as well as bladder infections (UTI). By the virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man and women with urinary problems and bladder control problems.
We treat some of the most complex STD problems including:
- Persistent urinary urgency
- Frequent recurrence of genital warts
- Frequent recurrence of herpes outbreaks
- HIV prevention
- Genital warts in the urethra
- Treatment of infections when antibiotics do not work well
- Testing for urinary ureaplasma and mycoplasma.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Shteynshlyuger:
Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship trained board-certified urologist with expertise in evaluation and treatment of urological problems in men and women using modern effective and proven treatment methods. He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area. If you or someone you know has been experiencing urological symptoms, make an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Shteynshlyuger’s expert advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.