All About Chlamydia: Get Educated before your Chlamydia Test
Take charge of your sexual health with STDClinic’s discreet Chlamydia test kit. Read on to learn more about Chlamydia symptoms, testing, and treatment.
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.
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.
Select and order your test online. You'll receive an order confirmation with all the information you need to take your blood test.
Go to the clinic nearest you and take your blood test. Be sure to bring the confirmation email with you to the clinic!
Receive your results on STDClinic.com
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Medically reviewed byon April 1st, 2021.
- All about Chlamydia - CDC Fact Sheet https://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/default.htm