What samples can be used?

Urine

How long until I get my results?

7 working days from your sample’s arrival at our certified laboratory

Where is my nearest private clinic?

How soon after a sexual encounter can I get tested?

14 days

Which Better2Know screens include Gardnerella testing?

What is Gardnerella?

Gardnerella is the common cause of Bacterial Vaginosis. Once present, the infection can be spread as an STI through sexual activity. Gardnerella is often symptomless and can be transferred to men through sexual intercourse.

What are the symptoms of Gardnerella?

Men

Unusual (yellowish / watery) discharge

Pain or burning upon urination

Itching or general discomfort in the genital area

Women

Unusual (yellowish / watery) discharge

Pain or burning upon urination

Itching or general discomfort in the genital area

Unusual odour (often described as ‘fishy’)

What happens if I do not get tested and treated?

Men

Increased risk of acquiring other STIs such as HIV

Continued discomfort in the genital area

Women

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Premature rupture of membranes in pregnant women

Preterm labour and delivery

How is Gardnerella treated?

Gardnerella can be effectively treated with a short course of antibiotics. For women, the prescription treatment is often Metronidazole, which is available either in tablet form, or as a gel applied directly to the vagina. Other antibiotics can also be used to successfully treat the infection. Your Better2Know doctor will go through your results with you and advise on the best course of treatment for you.

What else should I get tested for?

Better2Know encourages comprehensive testing when it comes to your sexual health. The Platinum Screen is our most conclusive testing option, using blood and urine samples to detect eleven harmful infections. If you are not sure which screens or tests you require, our expert sexual health advisors can help you to select the testing option that is right for you.

How can I book my test?

You can book an appointment online by selecting the orange button displayed above. If you would like to speak directly to an advisor, please call our highly trained Patient Services team using the number at the top of the page.