Chlamydia Testing

Chlamydia is known as a "silent" disease,
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Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium Chlamydia Trachomatis. This bacteria can infect the cervix in women and the urethra and rectum in both men and women. Occasionally Chlamydia can also affect other parts of the body, including the throat and eyes.

Chlamydia often has no symptoms, especially among women. If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause serious problems later in life. 

Chlamydia is a serious disease that often has minimal or no symptoms. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea have similar symptoms such as discharge and painful urination.

Chlamydia symptoms usually appear between 1 and 3 weeks after exposure but may not emerge until much later. Chlamydia is known as the ‘silent’ disease as in many people it produces no symptoms. It is estimated that 70-75% of women infected with Chlamydia are asymptomatic (have no symptoms) and a significant proportion of men also have no symptoms.

In women, the bacteria initially infect the cervix and the urethra (urine canal). Women who have symptoms might have an abnormal vaginal discharge or a burning sensation when urinating. When the infection spreads from the cervix to the fallopian tubes (tubes that carry fertilized eggs from the ovaries to the uterus), some women still have no signs or symptoms; others have lower abdominal pain, low back pain, nausea, fever, pain during intercourse, or bleeding between menstrual periods. Chlamydial infection of the cervix can spread to the rectum.

Men with signs or symptoms might have a discharge from their penis or a burning sensation when urinating. Men might also have burning and itching around the opening of the penis. Pain and swelling in the testicles are uncommon. Men or women who have receptive anal intercourse may acquire chlamydial infection in the rectum, which can cause rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding. Chlamydia can also be found in the throats of women and men having oral sex with an infected partner.

Chlamydia Test Results are given as positive or negative. A positive result indicates that you have Chlamydia and need to seek treatment. A negative result indicates that you do not have Chlamydia.
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