Nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) is
the recommended method of testing for gonorrhea. NAAT is a molecular test that
detects the genetic material (DNA) of Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is generally
more sensitive and specific than other gonorrhea tests and can be performed on
a vaginal swab on women, or urine from both men and women, which eliminates the
need for a pelvic exam in women. Nucleic acid amplification (NAAT) methods can
give results in one to a few days.
does the test result mean?
A positive test indicates an active gonorrhea infection that requires treatment with a course of antibiotics.
A negative test means only that there is no evidence of infection at the time of the test. It is important for those who are at increased risk of infection to have screening tests performed on an annual basis to check for possible infection.
If you are infected, your sexual partner(s)
should also be tested and treated as well.
If you have any question, please consult
Keywords: nucleic acid amplification test; NAAT;
Neisseria gonorrhoeae; gonorrhea.