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What could cause a false positive gonorrhea test?

What could cause a false positive gonorrhea test?

Not common: The only thing I can think of would be a mislabeled specimen, a clerical error on the lab report, or a contaminant in the lab.

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Is it possible to have a false positive gonorrea result?

Possible: But if you've had exposure and/or symptoms, then its not a false positive. You can repeat the test, but most would agree treatment with antibiotics is the next step.

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Is it possible to have a false positive gonorrea result. I just tested positive. I don't sleep around. We use condoms.

Is it possible to have a false positive gonorrea result. I just tested positive. I don't sleep around. We use condoms.

Yes & No: False positive happens when specimens sent to the lab are mislabeled with the wrong patient. Positive results can happen even with condoms if there is leakage of fluid due to microscopic rupture of the material used for the type of condom.

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What are the symptoms of gonorrhea? Is positive test reported by doctors to the guy?

What are the symptoms of gonorrhea? Is positive test reported by doctors to the guy?

Varied: It can vary from no symptoms picke up by a screenig test to pelvic pain and discharge. The doctor doen not tell your partner, but you should. Also many states look into paositive results to find any exposures so they can be treated and not pass it on to others.

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Need help. Is 4 days after exposure too soon for gonorrhea to show positive on a test?

Not too soon: Most women are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms similar to bladder or vaginal infection. Some men are also asymptomatic, bur more commomly have burning on urination &/or white, yellow or green urethral discharge appearing 2 -14 days after infection.

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Whe they say contact your recent sex partners if you test positive for gonorrhea. What timeframe is recent?

Gonorrhea: Women may harbor this organism in an asymptomatic fashion for lengthy time periods, so pinpointing when this occurred may be difficult. The important thing for you is to be tested fro all other stds and to engage only in protected sex in the future. Good luck.

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I haven't had sex in a year. So why now did my test come back positive for gonorrhea?

I haven't had sex in a year. So why now did my test come back positive for gonorrhea?

Get it treated ASAP: Usually Gonorrhea causes symptoms of vaginal discharge, pelvic pain sooner than a year but since it has potential to cause infertility, get it treated. Your partner should be treated too.

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Can amoxicillin alter a gonorrhea test to be negative after the first test was positive a week and a half ago from a vaginal culture swab?

Can amoxicillin alter a gonorrhea test to be negative after the first test was positive a week and a half ago from a vaginal culture swab?

Wrong Med: Amoxicillin will not treat gonorrhea but antibiotics can interfere with test. False negatives are well known to occur. You need to shot to treat all forms of gonorrhea now. Pills no longer work.

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I was diagnosis with gonorrhea (no relation 2 yrs) bf test neg 2 days after I rec'd call from health dept. My gyn said it could be a false-post. True? No sym

I was diagnosis with gonorrhea (no relation 2 yrs) bf test neg 2 days after I rec'd call from health dept. My gyn said it could be a false-post. True? No sym

Treat it as true pos: You can always repeat the dna based test and obtain a urethral swab for culture. The results would raise doubt over false positivity. Many females can have gonorrhea and have no symptoms. Since the treatment is relatively short and benign, treatment with antibiotics is recommended.

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What is the possibility of false negative Gonorrhea urine test while on an antibiotic for a day and half?

What is the possibility of false negative Gonorrhea urine test while on an antibiotic for a day and half?

What kind of test?: A culture is more likely to give a false negative result due to antibiotics. A DNA test is not likely to be affected. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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Is it possible to recieve a false negative Gonorrhea urine test while taking the antibiotics? 5 days past exposure.

Is it possible to recieve a false negative Gonorrhea urine test while taking the antibiotics? 5 days past exposure.

Yes: Antibiotics can mask an active infection. Repeat the test 5 to 7 days after the last antibiotic pill. If the course of antibiotic therapy is correct, it will cure your infection.

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If I had a gonorrhea or chlamydia then 6 days after I took my medication I took a test would I still come up positive?

If I had a gonorrhea or chlamydia then 6 days after I took my medication I took a test would I still come up positive?

It might: It might turn up positive if the antibiotics given were ineffective due to bacterial resistance. That is why it is important to return for follow up testing.

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I was positive to BV BUT TREATMENT Didn't work I still have the watery discharge can gonorrhea cause my swap test to be bv +ve, What nitibiotic to take?

I was positive to BV BUT TREATMENT Didn't work I still have the watery discharge can gonorrhea cause my swap test to be bv +ve, What nitibiotic to take?

Here are some. ..: Since your care for personal concerns has come thus far, it would be most beneficial for you to bring this Q to your treating Doc who has known most about your individual matter. For Doc online at this time, the opinion would sound like shooting a dart to a scraped board. So, work closely with your treating Doc.

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I had a kidney infection and a yeast infection and went in for a pap. My test came back positive for gonorrhea! Is it possible that the test is wrong?

I had a kidney infection and a yeast infection and went in for a pap. My test came back positive for gonorrhea! Is it possible that the test is wrong?

Possible: This gets into statistics but you have to know the prevalence of gonorrhea in the population that is being tested to give the positive predictive value of the test. False positive tests are possible but getting treated is in your best interest. Gonorrhea can negatively affect future fertility.

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Could gonorrhea/chlamydia be mistaken for strep, even if the strep throat test was positive?

Could gonorrhea/chlamydia be mistaken for strep, even if the strep throat test was positive?

Confusing question: I suppose the question is about missing a throat infection with gonorrhea or chlamydia. The positive strep test does indicate that strep is present. If you did not tell the doc you might have been exposed to these germs through oral contact, the specialized testing would not have been done to see if they were also present. The simple strep test does not look for the additional agents.

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Female positive for gonorrhea but malle negative. What's going on?

Two possibilities: Two possibilities: (1) the female got it from someone else, or (2) they didn't test the male the right way. A urine test only tells you whether the male has gonorrhea in the urethra (penis). Rectal and throat swabs are necessary to find out whether he has it in one of those locations.

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Can gonorrhea be dormant in the female body for more than 2 years? Tested positive when boyfriend was negative.

Yes indeed: This is commonplace. Ask your phyisican whether you should both be treated. And congratulations on your courage in bringing this personal matter to healthtap. You're doing the right thing and we wish you both the best.