Gonorrhea (GC) Information
Gonorrhea (GC) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Free testing for Gonorrhea
is provided locally by the Albany County Health Department. The University
Health Center can provide testing, but the test outcome must be determined by a
local lab, and you will be billed for the charge for the test. In order to determine if
your insurance carrier will cover the cost, you should contact your insurance
Following are pertinent facts regarding this disease. For further information
regarding the symptoms, treatments and outcomes, go to
60% of GC infections occur in people <25 years of age.
Multiple sexual partners (two or more in the past year) increase the risk for GC.
Homosexual males are at higher risk for GC than heterosexual males.
If your partner has a history of any STD, you are at higher risk for an STD (including GC).
At the UAlbany Health Center we see 1-2 cases of GC per year. In the past we have tested
approximately 1000 students per year.
The diagnosis of any sexually transmitted disease (STD) increases the chances of another STD
(such as GC) being diagnosed.
Female Pertinent Facts
Approximately 80% of infected women have no symptoms.
Untreated GC can lead to PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease). This may lead to sterility.
Male Pertinent Facts
Most men eventually develop symptoms (burning with urination &/or penile discharge).
Though it may take as long as 45 days most symptoms develop within 10 days.
In one study, approximately 5% of inner city adolescent males with no symptoms were found to
be infected with GC.
Since the obtainment of a penile (urethral) sample is uncomfortable for males, those who desire
testing & who have no symptoms may consider a urine test for white blood cells. If this is
positive, further testing for GC (as well as Chlamydia) should be pursued. However, a normal
urine test though suggestive, does not guarantee the absence of Gonorrhea.
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