tests like gram stain, culture tests or DNA tests are available to diagnose
Several laboratory tests
are available to diagnose gonorrhea.
health care provider can obtain a sample of tissue or fluid from the infected
mucus membrane (cervix, urethra, rectum, or throat) and send the specimen to a
laboratory for analysis. In the laboratory, this smear is stained with a dye
and the bacteria are viewed through the microscope. Although this test is
quick, it is not very reliable.
The culture test involves placing a sample of the discharge onto a culture
plate and incubating it up to two to three days to allow the bacteria to
multiply. This test provides absolute proof of infection. Cultures can provide
a preliminary diagnosis within 24 hours and a confirmed diagnosis within 72
samples for this test may be obtained from the cervix of women, urethra of men,
throat, rectum, joint fluid or blood, depending on the likely site of
Frequently, doctors use urine or cervical swabs for a new test that detects the
genes of the bacteria.