Diagnostic Services

Neisseria gonorrhoea

The Gonorrhoea test kit is our sexual health diagnostic panel that can identify Gonorrhoea infections caused by Neisseria gonorrhoea. Using real-time PCR technology, the sample is qualitatively analysed to detect bacterial genomic material present within the sample using highly specific primer/probe sequences and thermal cycling, while the sample is continuously monitored by software-guided LEDs to quantify the abundance of the target genes.

Gonorrhoea

Is the second most commonly reported bacterial STI caused by the gram-negative diplococci bacteria Neisseria Gonorrhoea1,2 .  This bacterium is transmitted during sexual contact including oral, anal and vaginal intercourse. The bacterium’s surface is coated with hair-like structures called pili which allow it to move, adhere to surfaces and exchange DNA3. It is able to evade the immune system by altering the antigens of its cellular surface (antigenic variation), as well as activating/deactivating certain genes (phase variation) 4,5.  Gonorrhea has developed resistance to nearly all varieties of antibiotics used to treat it and half of all infections each year are resistant to at least one antibiotic4.

Specifications

Infection

Neisseria gonorrhoea
(16S rRNA and porA preudogene specific for N. gonorrhoeae)

Limit of detection

0.109 cp/µl, Neisseria gonorrhoea

Turn Around Time

Same day
*From sample arrival at the laboratory

Contents & Storage

Each Gonorrhoea test kit contains:

Genital swab, endocervical swab, urine or urethral swab.
95kPa specimen transport bag
Return address labelled UN3373 mailing bag
Sample collection instructions

FAQ

How long does it take for me to get my result?

We guarantee a same day turnaround from when your sample is received in our laboratory.

How do I you know that my test result is accurate?

Our laboratory is an ISO 15189 accredited clinical laboratory. We adhere to strict internal quality assurance measures and are committed to providing a high-quality service, to consistently deliver clinically valid results.

1. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. 2021. Combating the Threat of Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea. [online] Available at: <https://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/arg/carb.htm> [Accessed 22 April 2022].

2. Saini A, Eichenseer C, Meyers A, Frousiakis P. Septic gonococcal arthritis in a pediatric patient: Rare case report. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. 2021 Mar 1;80:105701.

3. Eriksson J, Eriksson OS, Maudsdotter L, Palm O, Engman J, Sarkissian T, Aro H, Wallin M, Jonsson AB. Characterization of motility and piliation in pathogenic Neisseria. BMC microbiology. 2015 Dec;15(1):1-3.

4. Voter AF, Callaghan MM, Tippana R, Myong S, Dillard JP, Keck JL. Antigenic variation in Neisseria gonorrhoeae occurs independently of RecQ-mediated unwinding of the pilE G quadruplex. Journal of bacteriology. 2020 Jan 15;202(3):e00607-19.

5. Hill SA, Masters TL, Wachter J. Gonorrhea-an evolving disease of the new millennium. Microbial cell. 2016 Sep 5;3(9):371.