If you’ve engaged in anal sex, you’re at risk for gonorrhea and should order a rectal gonorrhea test for peace of mind. The STD, gonorrhea, is transmitted through body fluids and can cause an infection in and around your anus, as well as genitals, and the mouth.
You can cure gonorrhea with a doctor’s prescription for antibiotics, but it’s important to take a rectal gonorrhea test as soon as possible. According to the CDC, 30 percent of new gonorrhea infections each year are resistant to at least one drug.
How Can You Get Rectal Gonorrhea?
Anyone who’s sexually active should face the facts that there’s a chance they could be infected with this common STD. Gonorrhea has nearly 1 million new infections annually according to the CDC. Most of those gonorrhea infections are among people under age 25.
Received anal sex or engaged in any form of butt play? You need a rectal gonorrhea test.
If you’re a man who has sex with men and you’re a “top,” you can still get gonorrhea in and around your anus and should get tested. Gonorrhea can be spread through oral sex, someone using their fingers after touching an infected body part, or sharing sex toys.
If your partner had a genital or oral gonorrhea infection and you engaged in anal sex, you’re at risk for this STD. Any unprotected anal sex puts you at risk for rectal gonorrhea and other STIs.
Signs You Should Take A Rectal Gonorrhea Test
Symptoms of rectal gonorrhea are difficult to detect and gonorrhea in women tends to be asymptomatic.
Rectal Gonorrhea symptoms in women:
- Pain when you poop
- Discharge from your anus
- Itching in and around your anus
Rectal Gonorrhea symptoms in men:
- Pain during bowel movements
- A discharge from your anus
- Itching in and around your anus
Since these symptoms can be mistaken for another health issue, taking a rectal gonorrhea test is the only way to truly know your health status.
Where Can I Get a Rectal Gonorrhea Test?
You can make an appointment at your local clinic for a rectal gonorrhea test, or order an at-home gonorrhea and chlamydia test at myLAB Box.
The gonorrhea test administered at your clinic or doctor’s office may only be a urine test if you don’t ask the provider to swab the anus, surrounding area, genitals, and mouth. All of which are reservoirs for gonorrhea.
A rectal gonorrhea test involves swiping inside and around your anus with a cotton swab and sending it off to a lab to be analyzed for STDs. If the thought of a stranger doing that turns you off, order an online rectal gonorrhea test to screen for STDs from the privacy of home.
myLAB Box’s three-site gonorrhea test screens for chlamydia at the same time and detects infections in the anus, surrounding area, genitals, and mouth. Swab once to get lab-certified results about both infections back in less than a week.
What Happens If My Rectal Gonorrhea Test Comes Back Positive?
Gonorrhea infections can be treated with antibiotics.
Gonorrhea can lead to serious health problems if you don’t treat it. In women and men, untreated gonorrhea can increase the risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Let your partner know right away if your rectal gonorrhea test came back positive. Even if they don’t have symptoms, you both should abstain from sex and they should get a rectal gonorrhea test right away since you may have infected them.
Advise your partner to take an extragenital STD test that will cover rectal gonorrhea, as well as the genitals and mouth. myLAB Box tests all three areas for gonorrhea and chlamydia in one easy-to-use test. Don’t engage in sex until you’re both sure about your STD status.
Get results in a few days and recommendations if you test positive and need to speak to a doctor.
When you screen at home, the only one who has to get down and dirty with testing your anus for STDs is you. Doesn’t that bring you peace of mind?