C. trachomatis infections are the leading cause of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. C. trachomatis is known to cause cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), epididymitis and proctitis. It is also the most frequent cause of non-gonococcal urethritis in men. Among women, the consequences of Chlamydial infections are severe if left untreated.
Chlamydia is one of the most common bacterial sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) caused by Chlamydia trachomatis. Because it usually does not produce symptoms, people are unaware that they may be carrying the bacteria. Chlamydia testing is usually done via a pap smear, which is often uncomfortable and can be painful. There is an alternative method to test for the presence of chlamydia by using a urine sample. It is important to test people who have had unprotected sex, as well as people who exhibit symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection. It is important to treat bacterial STDs because they can cause serious long term complications, like infertility.
This test is performed in following conditions such as:
• Previous chlamydia infection
• Having HIV
• New or multiple sex partners
• Having unprotected sex
• Painful urination
• Painful intercourse
• Abnormal vaginal or penile discharge
The Chlamydia test is a urine specimen with specific requirements. Client should withhold urination for at least 1-2 hours prior to specimen collection. Client should provide a first catch of urine, about 20-30 ml, from the initial stream into the collection cup and allow remainder of the stream to go into the toilet. Larger volumes may result in the dilution of the specimen and reduce sensitivity. Clients should not cleanse the genital area 1-2 hours prior to giving their urine specimen.
Estimated Time Taken
Turnaround time for Chlamydia testing results is typically 2-4 business days.