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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. Hunter Handsfield
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Gonorrhea (Definition)

A sexually transmitted bacterial infection that, if ...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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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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I tested positive for gonorrhea and my partner was negative. How is this possible?

If you only have 1 : Partner and he only has 1 partner than his was a false negative, u had to have gotten it from him. ...Read more

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Tested positive for gonorrhea after getting treated for it, could I gave it back to myself?

Once the infection: Is eradicated in your body — it should be gone. Did you have sexual relations with anyone else? Were you fully compliant with treatment? ...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 for all other stds and to engage only in protected sex in the future. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm curious. If a person is gonorrhea positive, and she/he'll take up medical degree, could it be allowable? Or not?

If the individual : Has gonorrhea it should be promptly treated. A sexual history isn't required when applying to medical school. ...Read more

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Is it possible for gonorrhea to reoccur after being treated with follow up. I am positive again after two months and havnt had any partners.

Mistreated: I believe I have already answered your question. If you did not get treated for your Gonorrhea by a shot of antibiotics you have not been properly treated and the infection would not clear. There is a drug resistant Gonorrhea that has swept the western world and now requires treatment by shot only. No pills exist to treat this new Gonorrhea. ...Read more

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Can gonorrhea be passed to partner a year after having it? Been with my husband for over a year and just tested positive, I tested negative 6 mts ago

Can gonorrhea be passed to partner a year after having it? Been with my husband for over a year and just tested positive, I tested negative 6 mts ago

Incomplete history: Were you treated at some time? How was the testing performed? Women can carry gonorrhea without symptoms for some time, but their male partners, if acquiring it, should be symptomatic fairly quickly. This sounds as if you are asking whether your husband has been with someone else. Only he can answer that knowledgeably. ...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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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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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 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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If a person is tested positive for gonorrhea, it is okay for he/she to continue engaging in sexual behavior while taking meds?

If a person is tested positive for gonorrhea, it is okay for he/she to continue engaging in sexual behavior while taking meds?

NO!: You should wait until you have completed your medication and test negative for gonorrhea and other STDs before resuming intercourse. All partners one has prior to infection should observe the same practice. ...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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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 an 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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Can there be a mistake reading on gonorrhea for vaginal culture swab? I have not had sex but test says I am pos. For gonorrhea. Parents are neg.

Can there be a mistake reading on gonorrhea for vaginal culture swab? I have not had sex but test says I am pos. For gonorrhea. Parents are neg.

Yes: It certainly could be a false positive. I'd recommend getting retested. Be sure to talk with your doctor about your health history. If y
ou have never had sex of any kind, it would be very unlikely that the test is positive. ...Read more

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Hi I got tested positive for gonorrhea and had treatment on friday. I am now having the runs is this normal?

Hi I got tested positive for gonorrhea and had treatment on friday. I am now having the runs is this normal?

Could be treatment: The antibiotics to treat gonorrhea can cause loose stools or diarrhea. If the diarrhea persists or becomes bloody, let your physician know immediately. ...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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If a person is tested positive for gonorrhea, it is okay for he/she to continue engaging in sexual behavior as long as condoms are used?

If a person is tested positive for gonorrhea, it is okay for he/she to continue engaging in sexual behavior as long as condoms are used?

Still pass germs: Condoms do not always prevent transfer of gonorrhea germs or others for that matter. Since it causes infertility and life altering pelvic inflammatory disease in women there is good reason to stop and not resume until fully cured. ...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