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Gonorrhea Testing

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Also known as: GC Test
Formal name: Neisseria gonorrhoeae Culture; Neisseria gonorrhoeae Gram Stain; Neisseria gonorrhoeae DNA Probe; Neisseria gonorrhoeae by Amplified Detection
Related tests: Chlamydia Testing

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NOTE: This article is based on research that utilizes the sources cited here as well as the collective experience of the Lab Tests Online Editorial Review Board. This article is periodically reviewed by the Editorial Board and may be updated as a result of the review. Any new sources cited will be added to the list and distinguished from the original sources used.

Sources Used in Current Review

Kimberly A. Workowski and Stuart Berman. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Guidelines, 2010. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. PDF available for download at http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/STD-Treatment-2010-RR5912.pdf through http://www.cdc.gov. Published December 27, 2010. Accessed July 2, 2012.

United States Preventive Service Task Force. USPSTF Recommendations for STI Screening. Available online at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf08/methods/stinfections.htm through http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org. Last updated March 2008. Accessed July 2, 2012.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea — Two Most Commonly Reported Infectious Diseases in the United States. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsSTDData/ through http://www.cdc.gov. Last updated April 22, 2011. Accessed July 2, 2012.

American Social Health Association. Gonorrhea. Available online at http://www.ashastd.org/std-sti/gonorrhea.html through http://www.ashastd.org. Copyright 2012. Accessed July , 2012.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public Health Grand Rounds: The Growing Threat of Multidrug-Resistant Gonorrhea. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/about/grand-rounds/archives/2012/May2012.htm through http://www.cdc.gov. Presented May 15, 2012. Accessed July 6, 2012.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2010 Treatment Guidelines, Special Populations. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/specialpops.htm#msm through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed September 2012. 

(January 13, 2009) Association for Public Health Laboratories. Expert Consultation Meeting Summary Report, Laboratory Diagnostic Testing for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. PDF available for download at http://www.aphl.org/aphlprograms/infectious/std/Documents/CTGCLabGuidelinesMeetingReport.pdf through http://www.aphl.org. Accessed Sept 2012.

Sources Used in Previous Reviews

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website information. Available online at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/stdgon.htm through http://www.niaid.nih.gov.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website information. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/std/Gonorrhea/STDFact-gonorrhea.htm through http://www.cdc.gov.

Arnot Ogden Medical Center website information. Available online at http://www.aomc.org/Gonorrhea.html through http://www.aomc.org.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually transitted diseases treatment guidelines 2002. MMWR 2002;51 (No. RR-6) [32-41].

(July 7, 2009) Schwartz R, Kapila R. eMedicine: Gonococcemia. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1055007-overview through http://emedicine.medscape.com. Accessed July 2009.

ARUP Consult. Sexually Transmitted Infections. Available online at http://www.arupconsult.com/Topics/InfectiousDz/Bacteria/STIs.html# through http://www.arupconsult.com. Accessed May 2009.

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Gonorrhea. Available online at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007267.htm. Accessed July 2009.

Wu, A. (2006). Tietz Clinical Guide to Laboratory Tests, Fourth Edition. Saunders Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri. Pp 1560-1561.

American Social Health Association: Gonorrhea, Fast Facts. Available online at http://www.ashastd.org/learn/learn_gonorrhea_fact.cfm through http://www.ashastd.org. Accessed May 2009.

Planned Parenthood: Gonorrhea. Available online at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/stds-hiv-safer-sex/gonorrhea-4269.htm through http://www.plannedparenthood.org. Accessed May 2009.

Quest Diagnostics Patient Health Library: Gonorrhea Test. Available online at http://www.mylabisquest.com/kbase/topic/medtest/hw4905/descrip.htm through http://www.mylabisquest.com. Accessed May 22 2009.