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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. ...Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Gonorrhea (Definition)

A sexually transmitted bacterial infection that, if ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Hi. I would like to know what type of doctors check gonorrhea? And what are the required tests to know if it is really gonorrhea? Thanks

Hi. I would like to know what type of doctors check gonorrhea? And what are the required tests to know if it is really gonorrhea? Thanks

Any doctor: Any doctor can make this diagnosis. Women often see an Obgyn. You can schedule a virtual visit on Healthtap now with a doctor in your state. Testing can be ordered through Quest labs today ...Read more

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Will oral gonorrhea give a positive strep result? And also, what are the chances of getting gonorrhea but not oral gonorrhea if you gave oral?

Will oral gonorrhea give a positive strep result? And also, what are the chances of getting gonorrhea but not oral gonorrhea if you gave oral?

Different: A strep test is to answer yes or no about strep. Only strep. A GC test is for gonorrhea. You can get it in vagina or penis from sexual intercourse. You can get it in the throat from oral sex. ...Read more

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I Just Got My Test Results Saying I Have Gonorrhea, My Partner Confessed He Had Oral Sex 10 Months Ago Is It Even Possible He Carried It That Long?

I Just Got My Test Results Saying I Have Gonorrhea, My Partner Confessed He Had Oral Sex 10 Months Ago Is It Even Possible He Carried It That Long?

Yes: You should both get treated. There is no such thing as a perfect relationship. I hope that if you are meant for each other, you'll find this a time for forgiveness, communication, listening, and learning how to make each other happy. Be more ready to give and forgive than to blame. Best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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I Tested positive for gonorrhea but my husband was negative. I looked in his military records and no signs of him going behind my back. I'm confused?

I Tested positive for gonorrhea but my husband was negative. I looked in his military records and no signs of him going behind my back. I'm confused?

A few possibilities: The usual explanation in situations like this is that the male has had other partners. He may have been treated and didn't tell you; or his infection cleared up on its own, which can happen over a few weeks. If you were infected from someone else, your husband may just be lucky so far. Test results can be false, but rarely. You both need treatment, regardless of his test result. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does intensity of color of a urin gonorrhea test correlate automaticaly with time that one was infected? Light color=recent, intense color=long time?

Does intensity of color of a urin gonorrhea test correlate automaticaly with time that one was infected? Light color=recent, intense color=long time?

Unreliable test: These tests are not reliable, whether weakly or strongly positive. Ask your doctor or clinic about more accurate testing, especailly a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). If you have gonorrhea, the color intensity of the test says nothing at all about how long you have been infected. Onset of symptoms or when you had a high risk sexual exposure are the only ways to know. ...Read more

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Could chlamydia be tested positive as gonorrhea?

Could chlamydia be tested positive as gonorrhea?

Unlikely: The specific markers for both ailments are very different and when the appropriate tests are done, these are not difficult to separate. If the care provider does not do one of the specific tests, but treats because of symptoms, mistakes could occur. ...Read more

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What are the tests for gonorrhea?

Various tests: The easiest and most commonly used tests are nucleic acid amplification tests (naats), which can be performed on urine, rectal swabs, vaginal swabs, and throat swabs. There are also nucleic acid hybridization tests (dna probes), which use the same specimens. You can also culture the organism directly, which helps if you're worried about antibiotic resistance. ...Read more

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I tested positive for gonorrhea but my partner didn't. How can that be?

I tested positive for gonorrhea but my partner didn't. How can that be?

Several reasons: You had it but he never caught it (not likely if no sex with others in past few mo). His test missed it. His infection cleared on its own (gon is cleared by the immune system in a few wks or mos). He was treated, didn't tell you. Or he isn't being truthful about his test result. Most important: he still must be treated. NO sex with him until he has been treated. ...Read more

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What kind of tests are done for gonorrhea if it has spread throughout my body?

What kind of tests are done for gonorrhea if it has spread throughout my body?

Not gonorrhea: It can spread to ur tubes and cause infection and damage but not throughout ur body. Maybe ur thinking of syphillis. ...Read more