Chlamydia Testing at Test Smartly Labs
The bacterial infection from chlamydia is the most frequently reported infectious disease in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2017 there were 1.7 million cases of chlamydia reported to the CDC but an estimated 2.86 million infections actually occur each year. Untreated, chlamydia can lead to cervicitis in women and urethritis and proctitis in both men and women.
It’s not uncommon for both men and women to have chlamydia but not know it – it often doesn’t come with any symptoms. Fortunately, the infection can be treated with antibiotics.
Chlamydia occurs most commonly in women age 24 or younger. It’s especially serious in women as they may develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), pregnancy complications and/or infertility if it goes untreated.
- Most people with chlamydia are asymptomatic and do not seek testing, which is why so many cases are not reported
- At least two-thirds of new chlamydia infections occur among those aged 15-24 years
- It is estimated that 1 in 20 sexually active young women aged 14-24 years has chlamydia
- Chlamydia is transmitted through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected partner and ejaculation does not have to occur for it to be transmitted or acquired
- Being treated once for chlamydia does not make you immune - if you have sex with another infected person you can get it again
What are the symptoms of chlamydia?
It’s important to know that many people do not have any symptoms appear – but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the disease! Because it’s so common, both men and women are often encouraged to be tested yearly for chlamydia if they are sexually active.
Many pregnant women will also be tested for chlamydia early on in their pregnancies.
Remember that chlamydia is asymptomatic for most people, but should you experience any of the following signs and symptoms, seek testing right away:
- It burns when you pee
- Discolored discharge (men and women)
- Pain in lower abdomen (and sometimes testicles for men)
- Pain during sex
- Sore throat, cough (if you had oral sex)
- Discharge, pain and bleeding in the anus (if you had anal sex)
Who should get tested for chlamydia?
To screen for chlamydia, we use a urine test.
The CDC recommends the following people be routinely screened each year:
- all sexually active women younger than 25 years
- older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection
- all sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)
Test Smartly Labs can help if you need to test for chlamydia or any other STD.