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 occur each year. Untreated, chlamydia can lead to complications in both men and women.
It’s common for both men and women to have chlamydia but not know it – sometimes there are no symptoms. Fortunately, the infection can be treated with antibiotics.
Chlamydia occurs most commonly in women aged 24 or younger. It’s especially serious for women as they may develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), pregnancy complications, and/or infertility if it goes untreated. Here are some things to know about chlamydia:
- At least two-thirds of new chlamydia infections occur among those aged 15-24 years.
- It is estimated that 1 in 20 sexually active women aged 14-24 years has chlamydia.
- Chlamydia is transmitted through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected partner. Ejaculation does not have to occur for it to be transmitted.
- Being treated once for chlamydia does not make you immune - if you have sex with another infected person you are still at risk.
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What Are The Symptoms Of Chlamydia?
It’s important to know that many people do not have any symptoms – 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:
- You experience a burning sensation when you urinate
- Discolored discharge (men and women)
- Pain in the 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)
Be prepared for your lab test!
- Make sure you have been Fasting for at least 10-12 hours for many blood tests
- Make sure you are Hydrated for blood draw
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your lab test upfront (We don't process insurance claims but can provide you with information to submit your own insurance claim)
- If you are having specialized testing, call ahead to help us determine if there are special collection preparations.
- If you are interested in one of our health panels, please feel free to look at our web listing to help identify which one you want performed.
- Please try to arrive 30 minutes prior to business closing to allow us time to process your samples for shipment.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.
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.