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All About Chlamydia: Get Educated before your Chlamydia Test

by Marissa Lynch

Take charge of your sexual health with STDClinic’s discreet Chlamydia test kit. Read on to learn more about Chlamydia symptoms, testing, and treatment.

Chlamydia Overview

An estimated 2-3 million people in the USA get infected with Chlamydia annually— but only half get diagnosed. Get your private Chlamydia test at STDClinic.com to get closer to full sexual health.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection caused by chlamydia trachomatis. The CDC estimates that there are 30x more cases of Chlamydia in the US than syphilis, and double the amount of gonorrhea infections.

Chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics and is often asymptomatic. In some extreme cases, chlamydia can lead to blindness. Since there’s no vaccine against the disease, the best way to stay updated with your sexual health is through periodic testing. Order your Chlamydia screening here at STDClinic.com.

Symptoms

Chlamydia is sometimes called the ‘hidden STD,’ as you can have it with no symptoms. In fact, over 75% of infected women and half of infected men show no symptoms at all

If you do have symptoms, they are likely to show up in the three weeks following exposure.

It’s important for you and your sexual partners to routinely check for STIs just to be safe.

Symptoms in men include:

  • Abnormal discharge from the penis
  • Itchy sensation around the genitalia
  • Painful urination and ejaculation
  • Inflammation and irritation around the testicles
  • Rectal burning and bleeding
  • Arthritis, conjunctivitis, and inflammation of the urethra

Symptoms in women include:

  • Painful urination, coitus, and menstruation
  • Odd vaginal discharge with a strong odor
  • Bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Uncommonly heavy spotting sans menses
  • Burning sensation around rectum with bleeding
  • Itching sensation around the genitalia
  • Pelvic and abdominal pain
  • Ectopic pregnancy and infertility

How do you contract Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is spread through sexual contact with body fluids from the vaginal, penile, or anal area. Ejaculation isn’t necessary for infection.

Chlamydia can also spread through sexual fluids to the eyes.

You can contract Chlamydia through shared and unclean sex toys; the bacteria lasts on plastic surfaces for up to 45 minutes

The infection can also be spread from mothers during childbirth. In these cases, the child is usually born with an eye infection and pneumonia.

In worst-case scenarios, chlamydia can cause blindness.

When to Check

According to the CDC, sexually active women under 25 should get tested annually for Chlamydia, whether or not there are any symptoms. Generally, if you have an active sexual life, with multiple partners, you should get tested for Chlamydia regularly. Order your annual Chlamydia test on STDClinic.com.

NOTE: If you suspect you may have an STI, it is highly recommended that you stop having sex until you’ve recieved medical advice. Doing so ensures you and any potential partners lessen the risk of spreading disease.

Preparation for Testing

Since Chlamydia is tested through urine samples, be sure not to urinate for 1-2 hours before your Chlamydia test. If you are a woman, don’t wash or use a vaginal cleanser in the hours before the test.

  • 1. Schedule

    Select and order your test online. You'll receive an order confirmation with all the information you need to take your blood test.

  • 2. Get Tested

    Go to the clinic nearest you and take your blood test. Be sure to bring the confirmation email with you to the clinic!

  • 3. Results

    Receive your results on STDClinic.com

Know Your Treatments

  • In most cases, Chlamydia is easily curable with antibiotics. However, having recovered from Chalymidia once does not make you immune to being reinfected in the future, so make sure to practice safe sex and have regular STD screenings.
  • To learn more, speak to your doctor to get personalized information about your diagnosis. With your STDClinic.com test results, you’re one step closer to making informed decisions about your sexual health.
  • Be sure to retest one month after starting treatment to be sure you are free of the infection. You and your partner are recommended not to engage in sexual relations until you’ve finished your prescription.
  • Take control of your sexual health.
    Buy your Chlamydia test on STDClinic today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an STD?

An STD, or sexually transmitted disease, is an infection that is primarily transmitted through sexual fluids during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Sometimes, STDs are referred to as “venereal diseases.” Many STDs can be cured when they are properly diagnosed. Get tested for STDs at STDClinic.com.

How can I know if I have an STD?

Since some STDs are asymptomatic, the only way to really know if you have an STD is to get tested. Order your STD test online here.

How does STDClinic.com work?

STDClinic makes it easy to get discreet, fast STD blood and urine test results. First, select and purchase the test you want. Then, download your proof of purchase form- also called a “requisition form”- and bring it to the clinic. Take your test at the clinic nearest you. Afterwards, see your results online.

Is Chlamydia curable?

Chlamydia is easily cured by antibiotics once diagnosed. However, repeat infection with chlamydia is common. Check your chlamydia status with STDClinic.com’s 10-test panel or individual tests.

How does Chlamydia spread?

You can contract chlamydia by having unprotected anal, oral, or vaginal sex with someone who is infected. You can contract chlamydia even if your partner does not ejaculate.

How is Chlamydia tested?

You can test for Chlamydia with a simple urine test. Order your test at STDClinic.com to check your sexual health.

Is it possible that I tested positive for chlamydia but my partner tested negative?

It’s possible that the infection has not been detected or is too early to be detected or the exposure was not strong enough or the person did not get infected In the first place. It’s more likely that a man would test negative while the woman was positive than vice versa.

Can chlamydia be found in a urine test?

Yes via nucleic acid amplification tests that detect a portion of the DNA and the. The bacterium does not need to be alive.

How long does it take for Chlamydia symptoms to show in men?

Only 50% of men have symptoms but it can be as little as a week.

How long does chlamydia take to show up?

One to three weeks but not all people have symptoms so if you are The result can be positive with or without symptoms depending on the bacterial load

How long can someone have chlamydia?

Until it is treated, The disease does not go away on its own.

What is the first thing someone should do if diagnosed with chlamydia?

Get treated, abstain from sex, and notify your sex partner.

Can you catch chlamydia by public restrooms toilets?

No, not unless your vulva touches a recently infected surface This is almost impossible because chlamydia dies very fast at room temperature and needs bodily fluids to live in.

How long does it take to test negative for chlamydia after treatment?

Most practitioners would recommend a follow-up test in a week

How common is chlamydia?

4 million cases were diagnosed in the US in 2018. Carriage rates are about 20% for the Sexually active population

How long can you have chlamydia before you know it?

It can show up as early as a week or much later, or never, This is why it is highly recommended to get tested.

How do I tell if chlamydia is completely gone?

Get retested after treatment
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Medically reviewed by Zion Ben Refael, MD on April 1st, 2021.

Resources

  1. All about Chlamydia - CDC Fact Sheet https://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/default.htm

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