Most individuals infected with chlamydia are asymptomatic or do not show symptoms. Only 10% of men and 5%-30% of women with lab confirmed chlamydia show symptoms.
- Pain and burning while urinating
- Abdominal pain
- Rectal pain, swelling or discharge
- Vaginal discharge
- Bleeding after sex
- Bleeding between periods
- Discharge from the penis
- Swollen testicles
When left untreated
- may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in women associated with long-term pelvic pain, inability to get pregnant and ecoptic pregnancies
- may increase the chance of contracting or spreading HIV
Who should get tested?
- If you have genital symptoms such as burning during urination, sores, discharge or a rash in the genital area
- Having sexual contact (oral, anal or vaginal sex) with a partner who has been diagnosed with an STD
- After successful treatment
Who should be screened?
- all sexually active women under 25 should be screened
- older women at high risk due to new or multiple partners or a partner with an STI should be screened
- pregnant women should be screened on their first prenatal visit and during the third trimester
- Retesting 3 months after receiving treatment for women
- sexually active men who have male partners should be screened annually. This frequency should be increased to every 3 months if the individuals has HIV or have multiple partners
HOW IT WORKS
Order your test.
Choose the test that matches your need from your large array of tests. The kit will be delivered to your door step. There is no need to leave the comfort of your home.
Collect your sample.
Register and activate your test. Collect your sample first thing in the morning. Return your sample to our lab as soon as possible, using the prepaid envelope included in the kit.
Your sample will be tested as soon as it arrives in our lab. Your results will be available through our secure online platform in 2 to 3 business days.
Details and FAQs
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we usually get. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.
To take a urine sample, use the collection cup provided and transfer a small amount of the urine into the sample vial. For collecting a vaginal sample, use the provided swab. Place your sample in the specimen bag provided and mail it back to the lab using the prepaid envelop inside the kit.
Several different diagnostic tests are available for chlamydia. Our lab uses a molecular testing technique known as nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), which detects the presence of bacterial DNA from a urine sample or a vaginal swab. NAAT tests are the most sensitive and can be performed rapidly.
Chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics. If your test is positive, talk to your healthcare provider. Refrain from sexual activity until your antibiotic course is completed. If your symptoms do not subside after a few days of taking antibiotics, visit your healthcare provider.
It is important to complete your antibiotic treatment, since inappropriately treated partners can pass on the disease. Repeat infections are common particularly in women. Multiple infections in women can lead to reproductive complications.
Avoiding vaginal, rectal or oral sex is the only surefire way to prevent STDs.
- If you are sexually active
- Male condoms when used properly, reduces the risk of getting or giving chlamydia. Long-term monogamous relationships with a tested partner can also reduce your risk.