If you have symptoms of gonorrhea or another STD, you should see your health care provider for a diagnosis. Since testing for STDs is not part of a routine gynecologic exam for women or a regular physical exam for men, ask your health care provider to test for gonorrhea if you:
Have a discharge from your vagina or penis or have other signs or symptoms of gonorrhea
Are concerned that a partner may have been exposed to the infection
Know gonorrhea has been diagnosed in a partner
Are pregnant and have multiple sexual partners
There are several tests available that can confirm gonorrhea infection. Being tested is an important step in preventing the spread of the infection. Be sure to tell your partner or sexual partners as soon as possible so they can get treatment too. It is possible to be reinfected with gonorrhea after already having it, so if you get treated and your partner does not, you may get infected again.
Early diagnosis and treatment of gonorrhea helps prevent permanent scarring and infertility. When left undiagnosed and untreated there is a greater chance of complications.